May 4, 2014 6:37 PM by Associated Press

Fewer ID thefts being cited at Arizona gas pumps

PHOENIX (AP) - State regulators say new training has helped stave off identity thieves at the gas pump.

The Arizona Republic reports ( that the Arizona Department of Weights & Measures says inspectors at fuel stations are adding "skimmer check" to their list of duties.

In recent years, scammers have used illegal card-reading devices called "skimmers" to obtain personal information when people swipe debit and credit cards to pay for gas.

Department spokesman Shawn Marquez says inspectors have been trained since 2010 on how to spot secret skimmers hidden inside pumps.

Marquez says there has been a drop in calls from fraud-prevention and credit companies, banks and other institutions about identity thefts related to gas stations.

The agency says only two skimmers were found last year statewide, down from 13 in 2012.


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