LEAWOOD, Kan. - Leawood police are investigating a number of skimming cases reported at a gas station.
They said they're looking into about 15 cases of people having their credit card information electronically stolen at the BP gas station on 130th Street and Stateline Road.
Leawood police said it's the first they've seen with so many, but other law enforcement agencies aren't surprised.
"These types of scams which is really what they are, tend to be kind of localized so it's not surprising that Leawood has had a bunch," said Deputy Tom Erickson.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said it's called "skimming,"
He said it takes information off your credit card like an ATM or the pump at the gas station.
"It's a device that fits over the actual legitimate reader and so when you swipe your card, unknowingly it's not going to where you think it is," he said.
But Erickson said there are tips on making sure your money goes where it is supposed to.
He said skimmers are kind of hard to spot because they come in all shapes and sizes. He said the rule is simple.
"If it doesn't look exactly like you think a credit card reader should look like, then it might be tampered with," he said.
Erickson said if it looks that way, go inside to pay or don't use the reader at all.
He also said check your accounts often.
"That will be the first tell tale sign that something is wrong," he said.
Erickson said Johnson County has not seen any skimming cases pop up recently, but that does not mean that it is not happening.
He said another tip to avoid a scam is to be protective of your cards. In other words, don't leave them laying around.
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