DES MOINES, Iowa-- If you paid with plastic at the pump at certain Casey's General Stores this month, be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
The company says it found credit card skimmers at a store in Davenport and at six locations in Nebraska. The devices read the data from the magnetic stripe on your credit or debit cards.
Bill Walljasper with Casey’s General Stores says the devices were discovered during a normal inspection of the fuel pumps at a store in Grand Island, NE. That triggered an inspection of all the locations. The search uncovered less than ten card skimmers. In most cases, Walljasper says they were there for less than 24 hours.
Because the skimmers were placed inside the card reader at the pump, customers wouldn't be able to see them. There are ways to protect yourself at the pump or ATM machine.
“If you use a credit card, you have protected yourself the best you can in the case of a skimmer. If you have to use a debit card, don't use the pin. Run it as a credit card transaction,” said Geoff Greenwood with the Attorney General’s Office.
The AG’s Consumer Protection Division also recommends close monitoring of your bank and credit card statements. Greenwood says consumers can get a free credit report once a year from three different agencies.
“If you space that out by every three four months, you have year round protection for free and you can see if someone has opened up an account under your name,” he said.
Casey's says there are no reports of any stolen information, but Iowans will want to pay extra attention to their statements during October 15-21.
Here is a list of stores where the credit card skimmers were found.
4150 W. US Highway 30, Grand Island, NE 68803
108 W. 8th, Wood River, NE 68883
705 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847
115 E. Nobes Road, York, NE 68467
15275 Weir Plaza, Omaha, NE 68127
13941 Highway 6, Waverly, NE 68462
11200 140th St. Pl. Davenport, IA 52804