Credit card skimmers found in Petaluma | Community

Sergeant Paul Gilman of the Petaluma Police Department released a statement that four Petaluma businesses have located skimming devices at their businesses.

On July 16, an alert ATM technician working at the Bank of America ATM on Kentucky Street located two flyovers of ATMs and cameras set up to monitor the keypads. All evidence has been collected and is being evaluated for potential lines of inquiry.

On July 18, Petaluma PD was notified of additional skimmer devices located at three different 7-11 stores on Howard St., Perry Lane and on D St.

While the investigation is ongoing, Petaluma PD wanted to take the opportunity to warn the public of the number of skimmers found and alert the public to these devices.

Credit/debit card skimmers are devices used to collect information that can be used to make unauthorized purchases. They are often difficult to detect, but for more information you can follow this link,

During a visual and physical inspection of the card/reader, look for alignment issues for anything causing the card reader to protrude at an odd angle. If the security seals appear to have been tampered with, avoid using the card reader. Regularly monitor credit and debit card activity by checking bank statements and online accounts.

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