Numerous card skimmers found around southern Michigan

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FILE—Inspectors found numerous card skimmers throughout southern lower Michigan.

FILE—Inspectors found numerous card skimmers throughout southern lower Michigan.

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The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have found multiple card skimmers around the southern lower peninsula.

The skimmers were found during a routine inspection blitz by weights and measures inspectors from the department.

“These criminals continue to try and use gas pumps to commit theft and steal your personal information for fraudulent use. These inspections are just another way MDARD is protecting Michigan consumers at the pump,” Gary McDowell, MDARD director, said.

The card skimmers were found at the following locations:
•    Admiral, 3221 Division S., Wyoming
•    Admiral, 5342 Westnedge, Portage
•    Sunoco, 40200 Michigan Ave., Canton
•    Admiral, 4315 Chicago Drive, Grandville
•    Mobil, 1396 Ecorse Road, Ypsilanti
•    Sunoco, 5843 S. Martin Luther King, Lansing
•    Mobil, 1500 Haslett Rd, East Lansing
•    FlexxMart, 496 Main St. Belleville

“The FBI and its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners are committed to protecting consumers, businesses, and financial institutions from fraud schemes conducted by criminal enterprises likes this one,” Timothy Waters, special agent in charge of the FBI in Michigan, said.

The skimmers are placed inside the card machines, so they are not easily detectable. MDARD said that it will continue to monitor for these skimmers during inspections. The department is continuing to work with the FBI to catch the criminals responsible for these.

If you believe that your financial information has been compromised, contact your banking institution.