FROM THE STEPHENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT:
The Stephenville Police Department is entrusted to notify the public when there is a threat to their safety or quality of life. On June 6, 2019, we received a report from the CEFCO gas station located at 1499 W. South Loop. A gas pump technician located three skimming devices on three separate pumps. The skimmers were removed, store management was notified, and the police department contacted. We are asking the public to notify the Stephenville Police Department if they suspect they are a victim of fraudulent charges on their credit cards or debit cards due to skimming at the CEFCO or any other business. In addition, we are requesting anyone that has observed suspicious activity at gas pumps to contact the police department at 254-918-1273.
This is the second business in two weeks that has been the victim of skimming devices installed on their pumps. On May 21, the Discount Mart at 1660 W. Lingleville Rd. reported to the police department that their technician located two skimming devices. We are thankful for the immediate notification by these businesses and their technicians. The Stephenville Police Department is committed to notifying the public of skimming operations that are reported. We are working with effected businesses and victims to identify suspects and investigate these offenses.
Here are a few ways the public can protect their information when filling up their vehicles. Additional security measures are explained in this public service announcement video produced by Texas Department of Agriculture and Commissioner Sid Miller (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbfyo9LFyUI).
1. If possible pay inside
2. Use pumps that can be seen by the clerk
3. Get a receipt
4. Use a credit card instead of a debit card if possible
5. Wiggle and manipulate the card reader. If it is not secure, tell the clerk.
6. Look to see if there is a seal and if it is broke, tell the clerk.