News Story


Camarillo - Credit Card Skimmers / Crime Prevention
3/6/2018 11:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Credit Card Skimmers/Crime Prevention


Camarillo, CA

Date & Time:

March 6, 2018

Unit(s) Responsible:

Community Resource Unit


Credit card skimmer fraud is back! Be on alert! As our crime prevention officers like to say, 'Arm

yourself with knowledge!'

Last year, Camarillo Police arrested four suspects responsible for placing credit card skimmers in

gas station pumps. This crew worked in conjunction with a larger crime ring that was responsible

for over $90,000 in credit card fraud using the information from the skimmers. This arrest

stopped hundreds of more crimes from happening.

Unfortunately, crime rings exist all over the country and even the world. Therefore, it is up to us

to, 'Arm ourselves with knowledge' so we can be prepared at any time for any type of crime. The

great news is'this is an easy learning lesson. So, what should you do'

1. Be Alert. When you gas up make sure the panel is closed and doesn't show signs of

tampering. Many stations now put security seals over the cabinet panel. If the panel has

been opened, the label will read 'void', which means the machine has been tampered with.

(Photo credit: National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and Conexxus)

2. If you see something wrong, SAY SOMETHING. At the very least notify the gas station

manager, or call the police department and we will have an officer come out and check the

pump for you.

3. If you use a debit card at the pump, run it as credit instead of entering a PIN. If that is not

an option, cover your hand when entering your PIN. Scammers often use pinhole

cameras located above the key pad to record your numbers.

4. MONITOR your credit card and bank accounts regularly. In this day and age of online

banking, this should be a daily task.

5. If you are really concerned about skimmers, pay inside the store.

The Camarillo Police Department would like the community to know that we have an anti

'skimmer' program in place and regularly check credit card devices throughout the city. If you

notice something strange about a device you are using, contact Police Dispatch immediately at


Prepared by:

Sergeant Julie Novak, Community Resource Unit

News Release Date:

March 6, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger, 805-279-0490

Approved by:

Captain J. Paris

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which

leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this

crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime