Card-skimming devices found at two Bennington gas stations

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BENNINGTON — Two local gas stations are warning customers of the potential for fraud after payment card skimming machines were recently found on their gas pumps.

Two card skimmers, covertly-placed electronic devices that can illegally read and store card data, were found attached to gas pumps at Martin's Mini-Mart at 301 Main St. Another four skimming devices were found on pumps at Midway's Tenneybrook Market at 261 Benmont Avenue.

The skimmers have been removed and there is no further risk of potential fraud, according to statements from Paul J. Martin Inc. and Midway Oil Corp., which operate Martin's and Tenneybrook Market, respectively.

Both businesses said they "cooperated fully with the investigation," which involved the Bennington Police Department and the Federal Secret Service.

The skimmers are an electronic magnetic or hard-wired device, covertly placed, that is capable of stealing banking information encoded on credit/debit cards," according to the Vermont Fuel Dealer's Association: vermontfuel.com/fuelline/skimscam.html.

Two card skimmers were found at Martin's Mini-Mart on Aug. 28. It's not yet known when those devices were installed nor how much card information, if any, was collected or passed on to another party, according to the business.

Four skimmers at Midway's Tenneybrook Market were installed on the evening of Aug. 24, according to the business. They were removed the next day. It's not yet known how much card information, if any, was collected or passed on to another party.

Customers who have recently used the pay-at-the-pump service are advised to review their payment card records for signs of suspicious and potentially fraudulent activity.

People who have purchased gas at the two businesses and find fraudulent activity on their card records should contact their bank and then Bennington police at 802-442-1030.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.

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