3 credit card skimmers found at Monument gas station

MONUMENT, Colo. (KKTV) - Police have found three credit card skimmers at a gas station in Monument -- and they may have been as long as five days.

The skimmer is the item wrapped in electrical tape. (Photo: Monument Police Department)

The skimmers were discovered Sunday on three pumps at the Diamond Shamrock on 1310 W. Baptist Road. Investigators told 11 News store employees regularly check the gas pumps to make sure they haven't been tampered with, but at the time the skimmers were found, employees had not checked the pumps since Dec. 5.

Skimmers are devices used by criminals to store information from debit and credit cards used at the pumps. Law enforcement says crooks will take that info and use it to commit fraud and identity theft. It's a scheme growing in prevalence, and was featured last December on 11 News' Call For Action special Top 11 scams of 2017. They're hard to detect, though a couple of possible red flags according to experts can be a loose ATM card reader or if you're having a difficult time inserting your card. Detective Wayne Lambert with the Colorado Springs Police Department told 11 News customers should take a close look at credit card readers and give them a good tug to make sure there hasn't been anything attached.

As for the Monument incident, police are asking anyone with information to come forward. Investigators do not have surveillance of the suspects, and the only possible leads police have is that the crooks may have been riding in a dark green van or a white pickup truck.

Call the Monument Police Department at 719-481-3253 if you have information that can help in this case.

Anyone who used the Diamond Shamrock between Dec. 5-9 is advised to check their bank account for any unusual activity.