Cops warn of card-skimming scam at gas pumps

Grand Junction police found “skimming” devices inside three different gas pumps Wednesday and are warning people who have used credit or debit cards at area gas stations recently to closely monitor their accounts.

Police learned about these devices, which skim account information, including pin numbers, from credit and debit cards, when a Fruita gas station employee found a skimming device in one of the gas pumps. It wasn’t visible from the outside because it was wired inside the machine.

After other machines were checked, two more were found at other gas pumps in Grand Junction. Officers are visiting every gas station in Grand Junction and asking owners to check their machines.

Police are investigating how the skimming devices got inside the machines and how long they’ve been there. They’re asking people who find suspected fraudulent charges on their debit or credit cards to file a report at the police station.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the word TIP729 in the message, or send the information via


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