Niagara County residents, beware of credit card thefts through a process called “skimming.”
Sheriff James R. Voutour issued the warning Wednesday after several such thefts were reported to his deputies.
Skimmers are small devices that can be installed on gas pumps, self-checkout devices or ATM machines that are not visible to the consumer. Once the credit card is run through the skimmer, it scans and stores the credit card data from the magnetic stripe and may be used to purchase items at another location, Voutour said in a news release from the Sheriff's Office.
The public can find out if they have been a victim of skimming by checking their credit card and bank statements and compare those statements with their recent purchases. Those who discover fraudulent charges on their account are advised to contact their financial institution immediately to notify them of the charges.
If a police report is requested, Voutour said, the card holder should contact their local law enforcement agency.