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Two credit card skimmers were located in the City of Shawano on Friday morning, according to a statement from Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber. One skimmer was located at Premier Bank and another at CoVantage Credit Union.
Sheriff Bieber says the best way to identify a skimmer at a glance is to see if the green area is translucent. He is also asking the public to be vigilant, and report anything that may seem out of the ordinary at ATM’s or at gas station pumps.
Officials say these skimmers only take about one minute to install, and motorists are urged to watch for other tell tale signs like covers that become unglued.
Credit card skimmers have become a growing problem in the state. They have also been found in Green Bay recently.
Two men are due in court next week for allegedly stealing credit data from 40 people who unknowingly put their cards into skimming machines planted at Green Bay gas pumps.
It’s called skimming because thieves skim your credit or debit card information using a device that affixes to a card reader. It blends in with the existing equipment well enough that unsuspecting consumers never notice it.
It’s important for the public to always check bank statements and make sure the purchases are accurate. Many times it won’t be until reviewing these purchases when potential theft is noticed.
Skimming incidents also occurred in Madison, where two Los Angeles area men were arrested last week for skimming gas pumps.