Haleyville police find credit card skimmers at multiple gas stations

HALEYVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) – Haleyville neighbors are being urged to be careful paying for gas after three credit card skimmers were discovered at gas stations in town.

Devices can steal your financial information when you slip on the pump.

“I’ve worked here for 16 years and this is the first time I’ve seen this,” Haleyville Police Chief Rodney Lewis said.

Lewis and other officers have been on “pump patrol” since the devices were discovered. They work with area service stations to check skimmers which may be difficult or impossible to spot from the outside of the pump.

“If they’re Bluetooth, all they would have to do is park in the gas pump with their phone, get some info, and go,” Lewis said.

For gas station managers like Amie Speakman, they try to look through surveillance video to see if they can find anything out of place.

“We see a lot of these customers every day, they stop and walk out, so we want to let everyone know that we’re trying to get to the bottom of it. We check our pumps every day, throughout the day several times a day, to make sure they are safe,” said Speakman, manager at EZ Mart.

Some Haleyville residents have reported unauthorized charges to their credit or debit cards for nearly $200 in Florida.

“They hit this little town hard. It’s been some of the little convenience stores,” Speakman said.

Although many gas stations are not open overnight, Lewis said some pumps remain on. Officers will continue to search for anything that is out of place.

“The criminals, they’re trying to stay ahead of us and we’re doing everything we can to be ahead of the curve,” Lewis said.

Other towns near Birmingham also reported finding credit card skimmers. Residents of Childersburg were warned in February 2022.

Gas station managers understand customer frustration, but said they also need to recoup losses.

“We are also victims. The money or the gas that was sold, we still have to pay for it,” Speakman said.

If you know of anything that can help with the investigation, call Haleyville Police at 205.486.3121.

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