Officials warn of increase of skimmers in gas station pumps

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be mindful of a spike in the number of skimmers placed inside pumps at gas stations.

Skimmers are placed on the inside of the pump so when a credit card is swiped, all the information on the card is obtained. Thieves then collect it later and use the info for identity theft.

Investigators have taken three reports of several skimmers being found inside pumps at gas stations on West Ken Caryl Avenue, West Indore Place and West Chatfield Avenue.

Red tamper tape is placed on most, but not all, gas pumps. If the tape is broken, report it to sheriff’s office and don’t use the pump.

Law enforcement agencies in Douglas County and Golden have also taken recent reports of skimmers being found.

Investigators are looking for three suspects who appear to be trying to use credit cards with cloned information from these skimmers. Officials describe one of the suspects as a heavy-set Hispanic male.

A second is described as a tall thin man with a possibly Haitian accent who was seen driving a silver four-door sedan.

The third suspect is described as a heavy-set man also with a Haitian accent who was seen driving a silver SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 303-271-5612.