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For 3rd time this year, Carrboro police find card skimmers at gas station

Posted June 5

— For the third time in three months, Carrboro police officers discovered credit card skimmers at a gas station on N.C. Highway 54.

Officers found four skimmers at pumps at the Circle K at 102 N.C. Highway 54.

The skimmers were inside the pumps and only detectable after a physical inspection of the pumps.

Carrboro police recommend people who visit this Circle K do not pay by credit card at the gas pumps.

Authorities are working with the business and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to find a solution.

Anyone who used a credit or debit card at a gas pump at this business should monitor their bank account for suspicious activity and file a police report in the jurisdiction where the unlawful use of the financial transaction card occurred.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Sgt. Daniels at 919-918-7418 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.


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  • Catherine Edwards Jun 5, 4:20 p.m.
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    I've had this happen at gas stations off the major highways in NC and VA. Best to take it inside even though it's a hassle. Because no access to a credit card on a vacation is a big hassle too.

  • Ben Hill Jun 5, 12:40 p.m.
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    No necessarily. Maintenance companies are contracted to do work on the internal components of the pump and gas station owners may not be involved in that work. If someone at the contract company is responsible for the skimmer or if there is no outward evidence of tampering on the pump then the owner may not have a way to catch the skimmer.

  • William James Jun 5, 11:56 a.m.
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    Why wouldn't the gas stations owners be financially and legally liable? Shouldn't they have known if a skimmer was installed?

  • Steve Faulkner Jun 5, 11:35 a.m.
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    Inside job!

  • Chester Flippo Jun 5, 11:07 a.m.
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    Pretty sure this is a Kangaroo Express/ Mobil station and not Circle K.

  • Kevin Oliver Jun 5, 10:56 a.m.
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    Pretty sure this is how someone stole my credit card number a few weeks ago at the Eagles #4 gas station at 8710 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617. It was the last place I used my card (at the pump) right before a number of fraudulent charges were placed on it. Thankfully my bank's fraud division noticed the unusual activity within a day and shut off the card. This may be a more widespread problem than Carrboro. Hopefully someone is working on tamper-proof pumps.