© 2021 The Statehouse News Bureau
RSS
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Government/Politics

Skimmer Sweep - It's Not About Pools, It's About Gas Pumps

gas_pumps__credit_shutterstock_maridav_.jpg
maridav/Shutterstock.com
/

Auditors throughout the state are taking part in an effort this holiday weekend to make sure motorists don’t get ripped off at gas pumps.

Auditors say they’re concerned that motorists are in danger getting their identities stolen through illegal credit card readers, also known as skimmers. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith says the County Auditors Association of Ohio is checking gas stations throughout the state to make sure those skimmers are not attached to pumps.

“We’ve targeted some 1500 stations across the state and we are hoping, in the course of the sweep, to check some 12,000 gas pumps in Ohio.”

Keith says four skimmers have been found so far this weekend. 61 county auditors are participating in what’s being called the “Skimmer Sweep.”