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Skimmers steal info at Coweta Co. gas pumps

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Dozens of people in Coweta County have been ripped off just by swiping their debit card at the gas pump. Dozens of people in Coweta County have been ripped off just by swiping their debit card at the gas pump.
COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -

Dozens of people in Coweta County have been ripped off just by swiping their debit card at the gas pump.

Investigators say they've discovered a large criminal organization that's been putting card skimmers inside gas pumps.

Authorities say you can't see the skimmers and there's no way of knowing you've been a victim until you notice a discrepancy on your statement or you get a call from you bank.

Coweta County investigators say they've been inundated with calls from victims -- at least 80 people have come forward -- but they believe there could be hundreds of victims out there.

"They clone those cards and use them to make fraudulent transactions and withdrawals from ATMs," said Coweta County investigator Jason Fetner.

Sue Carpenter had her debit card information stolen when she stopped at a Coweta County gas station.  She didn't know anything was wrong until there was a problem with the card at a Newnan restaurant. That's when she learned someone had taken $500 from her account in New York.
 
Investigators say somehow the crooks get a key to the pump and put the skimmer device inside.  They say it would be impossible for anyone driving up for gas to notice anything unusual.

"Everything goes through as normal when you purchase your gas. You don't know any difference, and this device is repeating the data," said investigator Casey Mullins.

The crooks can sit within 300 feet of the pump and harvest the data on a cell phone or laptop, which is then used to clone a card and steal your money at any ATM.

"Some of our victims are out three, four thousand dollars," said Fetner.

Carpenter says she's learned her lesson and is now paying the old fashioned way.

"I use cash when I'm at the gas station," said Carpenter.

This can happen at any gas station, in these cases, it was a Racetrac. The company says that just this week, they have added a secure card reader so that even if a skimmer is installed, it will scramble the information.

Coweta County investigators say they have a new device that can detect wireless skimmers in the area. Still, they advise customers to pay cash or go inside the gas station to use debit cards.

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