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Credit Card Skimmers Found at SoCal Shell Station

Three skimmers were found at the Shell Station in Laguna Beach.
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1:51 PM PDT, August 18, 2010

Shell Station at 1342 N. Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach (KTLA-TV / August 18, 2010)

LAGUNA BEACH — Police are warning customers after three credit card skimming machines were found at a Shell Station in Laguna Beach.

The first card scanner was found on July 23 at the Shell Station located at1342 N. Coast Hwy, according to Sgt. Louise Callus. Two more were discovered in recent weeks.

“At this point, we have only had 11 people tell Shell that they had used that particular pump but we only have one victim that has had the credit card compromised,” Callus said.

“We know that this is not isolated to Laguna and that Irvine has had several [incidents] and there have been several other locations throughout the county,” she added.

“Anyone who has used that gasoline station since July 1 should be checking their account for fraudulent charges and also contacting the credit card company to close the account.”

Station Manager Frank Patterson said the skimmers have been showing up over the past three weeks and and have not been detected at the station in the past.

“We check the pumps three times a day” for card skimmers, he said. “We check them in the morning when we open, and at noon and at night.”

Patterson said he believes the skimmers are placed on the pumps when the station is closed.Copyright � 2010, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles

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