Skimmers found at two West Michigan gas stations

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File photo of credit card skimmer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Credit card skimmers have been found recently at three Michigan gas stations, including two in West Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says skimmers were found Saturday at a Shell Station, 544 68th St. SW in Grand Rapids, and a J&H Family Store, 2271 Port Sheldon St. in Jenison.

The third skimmer was found Tuesday at a Mobil station in Grand Ledge near the westbound I-96 ramp and M-100.

Credit card skimmers make copies of consumer’s card information when they pay for gas. They’re installed inside the actual gas pump, which makes it difficult for customers to notice them.

Officials say to check for unbroken red tape and suspicious damage at gas pumps before putting a credit card in.

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      • Ric

        really? paying at the pump makes us lazy ass people? it’s designed for those who may be incapable of going inside easily: 1. The handicapped. 2. Those with small children who would have to be taken out of the vehicle, brought indoors, back out, and then loaded back in to the car, when you could just pay at the pump while keeping an eye on the children. 3. Instead of going in, and estimating how much you want to put in your tank, you can swipe at the pump and ensure you get a full tank without being shorted. 4. Do you really like waiting at a gas station behind someone who’s running in to pay, only to find a line at the counter, and now you’re waiting 5-10 minutes for an available pump. 5. Active Duty Marines: Not allowed to go in to a public establishment in our camouflage utilities. Paying at the pump makes it a lot easier for us. I could go on. Bottom line here, Bill; get off your high horse and consider the possibilities, and quit being a keyboard warrior.