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As summer travel season nears, KDA inspectors watching for skimmers in Kentucky motor fuel pumps

With the long Memorial Day weekend and summer travel season coming up, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles reminds Kentucky motorists that Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) inspectors are on the lookout for credit card skimmers in motor fuel pumps across the Commonwealth. “These devices are used to steal credit card information so criminals can use that data to make purchases that are charged...

KDA inspectors step up the search for fuel pump skimmers as Kentuckians hit the road

As Kentuckians hit the roads for vacations, long weekends, and day trips, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) inspectors are on the lookout for credit card skimmers. “Credit card ‘skimming’ at fuel pumps is used to steal personal data, which crooks can use to make fraudulent charges,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Our inspectors examine fuel pumps...

Kentucky Agriculture Department inspectors remove credit card skimmer in Richmond

Kentucky Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered a credit card “skimmer” during a routine inspection of a motor fuel pump at a Richmond retail establishment earlier this month. “This device was discovered by our inspectors as part of their everyday job duties,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We took on this responsibility at no additional cost to Kentucky taxpayers....

BBB Trends: Think twice before putting your credit card into a card reader; skimmers popping up all over

The next time you stop to fill up the gas tank or pick up a few things at the store using the self-checkout, think twice before putting your card into the credit/debit card reader. Skimmers are popping up everywhere and are becoming more difficult to detect. Credit card skimming is credit card theft where crooks use a small device to steal credit card information in an otherwise legitimate credit...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture acts to protect summer travelers from credit card skimming at pump

With the Fourth of July and peak summer travel season around the corner, state and local authorities are working with retailers to prevent thieves from stealing consumers’ data at motor fuel pumps, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced Monday. “This form of identity theft, known as card skimming, is exploding around the world,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Losses due to skimming are...