On June 16, 2019 the Vermillion Police Department investigated the discovery of two fraudulent credit card “skimmers” at Pump & Pak, located at 629 Stanford Street in Vermillion. Alert staff at the business noted customers’ comments about how the countertop card readers did not feel quite right and ultimately found that a “second face” had been installed over the top of the readers.
The Vermillion Police Department has retrieved those items as evidence and has determined that their intended purpose is to record and/or transmit credit card information fraudulently. Investigation into the incident is continuing, including an attempt to determine exactly when the skimmers were installed. The readers at Pump & Pak are no longer believed to be compromised since the removal of the devices at noon on June 16.
The Vermillion Police Department is asking area businesses to inspect their credit card readers for any evidence of additions or modifications. If evidence of tampering is discovered, secure the reader(s) and contact the Vermillion Police Department. Additionally, customers who have recently used the indoor credit card readers at Pump & Pak (prior to 12 p.m. on June 16) should monitor accounts for fraudulent activity, and should contact their card’s issuing bank for instructions related to those account(s).
Persons who believe they are a victim of a crime or who have noticed suspicious persons or activity potentially related to this investigation should contact the Vermillion Police Department at (605) 677-7070.