The Elk River Police Department is partnering with localbusinesses to safeguard your credit account information when you use a creditcard at the gas pump. SkimStop is a program created by the Eagan PoliceDepartment and is being adopted by other law enforcement agencies throughoutthe state. Participating stations agree to an initial inspection oftheir gas pumps to verify that no “Skimming” devices have been attached. Businessesthen agree to check their gas pumps daily and place a security seal on thecredit card terminals and access points. The police department alsoconducts periodic inspections of the daily logs to ensure businesses arecompliant with the program requirements. It is recommended that consumersroutinely monitor their credit and debit cards for unauthorized activitywhereas criminals are always looking for new ways to steal your accountinformation.
What is skimming? A small device is attached to a credit card terminal thatcaptures your credit card data. In almost all cases you have no way of knowingthe device is there. These skimming devices are capable of recording athousand transactions. Once the thieves have your information they can quicklycreate a cloned card or use your information on-line and start their spendingspree. They can make off with hundreds of thousands of dollars with verylittle risk.
When you see the yellow SkimStop sticker, you will know that the business &local law enforcement are keeping an eye on that pump.
These stations currently participate in SkimStop:
Beaudry Express - 610 Proctor Avenue
Charlie Browns - 335 Lowell Avenue
Wash-N-Fill/Exxon - 18296 Zane Street
Circle K/BP - 19696 Evans Avenue
Holiday - 13445 Business Center Drive
Holiday - 18823 Freeport
Minnoco - 13374 Highway 10