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According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), credit card skimmers were recently found at eight gas stations throughout Michigan during an inspection. This is alarming to me, since I usually pump gas outdoors. It’s likely more people have been getting gas outside this past year, too, for safety reasons.

“These criminals continue to try and use gas pumps to commit theft and steal your personal information for fraudulent use. These inspections are just another way MDARD is protecting Michigan consumers at the pump,” Gary McDowell, MDARD director, said in a statement. “Kudos to our weights and measures staff for their vigilance in protecting consumers pocketbooks and personal identification.”

Here are the Michigan gas stations where skimmers were found:

Admiral, 3221 Division S., Wyoming
Admiral, 5342 Westnedge, Portage
Sunoco, 40200 Michigan Ave., Canton
Admiral, 4315 Chicago Drive, Grandville
Mobil, 1396 Ecorse Road, Ypsilanti
Sunoco, 5843 S. Martin Luther King, Lansing
Mobil, 1500 Haslett Rd, East Lansing
FlexxMart, 496 Main St. Belleville

Skimmers make a copy of the consumer’s card information. MDARD is telling consumers to contact their bank right away if they think their information has been compromised.

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