Card skimmers removed from Middletown gas station

Authorities removed three credit card skimmer devices from a Middletown gas station on Thursday.

A Virginia Office of Weights and Measures employee called the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at around 9:10 a.m. about potential credit card skimmers at the Exxon gas station at 122 Reliance Road in Middletown, according to a Thursday news release.

Capt. Donnie Lang of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said the employee was conducting a routine inspection of the gas pumps there when they saw “something that didn’t look right.” He said authorities confirmed the devices to be skimmers, which record credit and debit card information. Skimmers were removed from inside three of the station’s six gas pumps.

Lang said many skimmers found on ATMs are installed on the outside of the machine and tend to be left for hours or a day before they’re removed to retrieve information.

“These types of things were actually inserted on the inside, so there was the potential that they were Wi-Fi (or) Bluetooth, where they can access the information stored on the skimmer itself on a Bluetooth,” he said.

The release states that the Exxon didn’t know about the skimmers, according to initial investigations. The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t know when the devices were attached.

Lang said the skimmers have been sent off for inspection of possible fingerprints and electronic information like IP addresses. He said that anyone installing the devices may have done so after the gas station closes at 8 p.m.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office advised those who’ve purchased gas from the Middletown Exxon to check their accounts for fraudulent charges and report them to their bank or credit card company and law enforcement. Customers can check to make sure security stickers attached near gas pump credit card slots are intact and check to see if pieces of the scanner or card slot are loose – either of which could mean someone has tampered with a pump or ATM.

Anyone with information on the incident should call the Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com