\r\n<h1>Inspectors with the West Virginia Division of Labor have identified credit card skimmers at several gas station fuel pumps around the state recently. Skimmers have been detected at fuel stations in Charleston\u2019s East End, Marmet, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Nitro.<\/h1>\r\nSkimmers secretly swipe credit or debit card information. Advances in technology have made the devices smaller and harder to detect.\r\n\r\n\u201cOn Apr. 5, one of our inspectors found the skimmer in Nitro during a routine device examination of the gas dispensers at a service station,\u201d said Victor Zamora, director of the Weights and Measures program within the Division of Labor. \u201cA member of the public would not have been able to see the skimmer by just looking at the pump. Our inspector can access the inside of the dispenser. That\u2019s how the device was discovered.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn another incident, the Division of Labor worked with the WEX fleet card program to track down a skimmer. WEX identified a card that had been compromised and reported the last fueling stop where the card had been used. The Division of Labor immediately carried out a thorough inspection of the fuel dispensers at the station and found the skimmer.\r\n\r\nFrom December 2016 through the first week of April 2017, the West Virginia Division of Labor uncovered 10 credit card skimmers in fuel dispensers throughout the state. The agency contacts local law enforcement, FBI and Secret Service after each discovery. Prior to December, 2016 no skimmers were discovered by Division of Labor inspectors.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere have been many more instances where devices were discovered by the fueling center establishment, a service company employee or someone other than the Inspector for the Division of Labor. They are not required to report these instances to the Division of Labor so we are unable to ascertain an accurate total,\u201d said Division of Labor Deputy Commissioner Mitchell Woodrum. \u201cWe encourage the public to report any card readers that look like they\u2019ve been tampered with and to review their credit card accounts for suspicious activity.\u201d\r\n\r\nOther measures the public can take include:\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>Pay inside the station with cash or credit card instead of at the pump.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Use pumps nearest the building where cashiers are more likely to notice suspicious activity.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>If the card reader looks or feels \u201coff\u201d in some way, don\u2019t use it. Report it.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nSuspect fuel dispensers can be reported to Labor by calling 304-558-7890.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe want the public to know our people are out there diligently working to protect their interests,\u201d Zamora said. \u201cWe are not only looking for skimmers, but certify the quality of the fuel and the accuracy of scales that weigh gold, groceries, gravel and other goods.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Division of Labor operates under the umbrella of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.