We are asking citizens to be cautious when using their
debit/credit cards following the recovery of skimmer devices from store
checkout counter card readers next to the register.
Around 1:30 p.m. today, we got a call of a skimmer from
On the Road on 59 south (4110 S. First St.).
Chevron at 904 S. John Redditt Drive (across from the
post office) also had one of these devices. They contacted us when an employee
noticed it was there due to it lifting from the actual card reader.
We do not know how long the skimmers have been in place.
Aside from having "softer/spongier keys" the
skimmers are difficult to spot.
We advise citizens
that have used the card readers at these locations to monitor their
credit/debit card transactions closely.
If you are using a card reader - store checkout, ATM, gas
pump, etc. - inspect it to ensure its integrity or, just use cash.
The incidents are under investigation.
Public Relations Specialist
Lufkin Police Department