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November 03, 2016:  SHERIFF'S SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

November 03, 2016:

At approximately 8:30 AM this date, Sheriff’s Deputies were notified by management of the Juda Oasis that one of their gas pumps had been tampered with and a card skimmer device was suspected. Investigators found a device inside the pump attached to the credit card reader. The machine was disabled and a State Petroleum Inspector was summoned. Consequently, this led to an effort to have all area retailers inspect their pumps. No other such discoveries were made, and this is believed to be an extension of similar occurrences in adjacent counties. Suspicious transactions tend to support the device had only been installed within the past 10 days.

Subsequent to news media reports of similar incidents in southern Wisconsin, gas station operators have been taking precautions to prevent the installation of skimming devices. Aside from regular inspections, some retailers have already purchased electronic deterrent features, rekeyed access panels, or installed tamper-proof seals. Although safeguards are being taken to prevent the use of these devices, concerned customers still have the option to pay inside with the cashier and credit card companies typically refund fraudulent purchases.

No arrests have been made and investigative leads are being sought.

Authorized by:  Sheriff Mark A. Rohloff

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