Skimmer found inside Fremont gas pump

FREMONT, Neb. (WOWT) - One local police chief is warning people to keep an eye out when at the gas pump.

A skimming device was found at a gas station in Fremont Friday afternoon, but this time it was hidden inside of the machine.

Fremont Police Chief Jeff Elliott said that while it may be convenient to pay at the pump, the safest bet is to go inside.

It's possible to tell that the pump was tampered with because the tap that seals it changes colors and the word "void" bleeds through.

Elliott said that's how the clerk at the Shell on West 23rd. St. knew something was wrong.

"Officers went out there and they were able to find a skimmer. It was one that was actually inside of the machine," he said.

The chief warned that all it takes is one swipe of a card.

"They can transmit that information back wireless to someone in the area," Elliott said.

Earlier this month, thee was a surge of skimming attempts on ATMs in Omaha and Council Bluffs, specifically targeting First National Bank.

Criminals cost the bank at least $75,000.

"Check your credit card, your bank statements daily to make sure thee is no suspicious transactions on there. The sooner you catch it, the less money you might lose," Elliott said.

Anyone who sees something suspicious at a gas pump should report it immediately.