PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police warn citizens about credit card skimmers

cc skimmerFarmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department are investigating a case of credit card skimming and have tips to help citizens avoid falling victim to this scam. On January 26, 2019 officers responded to a local gas station after numerous gas pumps were found with damage. The pumps were inspected, which led to the discovery of two credit card skimmers that had been placed on the pump’s computer. These skimmers are internal and transmit using Bluetooth technology. The devices cannot be seen from the outside of the pump but can be detected using a smartphone.

To help reduce chances of falling victim to this crime, police are advising citizens to stand next to the pump and search for Bluetooth signals on their smartphone BEFORE inserting their debit/credit card. If new signals are received containing random, unreadable or unrecognizable letters or numbers, DON’T USE THE PUMP!  Notify the store attendant and call police!

Anyone who believes they’ve been the victim of a card skimmer should notify their financial institution and call police.

If you have any information that could assist in identifying the person or persons responsible for this scam, please contact the Farmington Police Department Detective Tip Hotline at (505) 599-1068 or call non-emergency dispatch at (505) 334-6622.

SCAM Alert!

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It has come to our attention a couple of phone scams are resurfacing in our area:

CELL PHONE SERVICE PROVIDER SCAM:

The individual receives a call from a person or recording claiming to be their cell phone service provider. The caller tells the individual that their service will be suspended until they verify their account by giving the caller personal information such as their social security number.

*The call will often be from your own phone number. DO NOT ANSWER IT!

If you receive a similar call, contact your service provider to verify the status of your account.

YOU HAVE A WARRANT SCAM:

Scammers are spoofing their phone numbers to show on Caller ID as a Farmington Police Department number. The scammer will call an individual and claim to be an officer with FPD. The caller informs the individual they have a warrant and requests payment, typically in the form of prepaid credit cards or gift cards.

*Remember, the scammer may have obtained an officer’s real name and use it to appear legitimate. Officers will NEVER call citizens and request payment to avoid being arrested on a warrant or to dismiss charges. If you receive a similar call, hang up and call non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622.

UTILITY DISCONNECTION SCAM:

Similar to the warrant scam, the caller will spoof their number to show a City of Farmington phone number on the Caller ID. The scammer will inform the individual that they are behind on paying their utility bill and services will be disconnected if not paid immediate. The scammer will then ask for payment in the form of a prepaid credit card or gift cards.

If you receive a similar call, DO NOT send the caller money! Hang up and contact the City of Farmington Electric Utility System (FEUS) at 599-1353 to check the status of your account.

*Remember, FEUS will NEVER call and demand immediate payment with a threat of disconnection. All FEUS disconnect notices are mailed or called out the day prior to disconnection.

If you have a friend or family member who doesn’t use social media, please share this information with them.

Thank you!