DENTON, TX, July 26, 2019 – On July 24, 2019, the owner of the Millennium Shell (801 E. Sherman Dr. Denton, TX) contacted the Denton Police Department to report he had found a skimming device in one of his gas pumps. It is believed the skimming device may have been in place since July 14, 2019, although this date is not yet confirmed.
Over the past year, the Denton Police Department received several reports of possible skimmers at this business. Investigators met frequently with the business owner to thoroughly examine the gas pumps. However, on those occasions no skimming devices were ever identified or recovered.
Concerned that skimmers were possibly being affixed to the gas pumps, the business owner took proactive steps to help prevent future incidents. This included, but was not limited to, routine checks of the gas pumps. It was during one of these routine “pump checks” that the business owner, along with a technician from Shell, located the skimming device found on July 24. Due to these proactive measures taken, the business owner has helped to prevent the dissemination and fraudulent use of the captured card numbers.
The Denton Police Department plans to have the device forensically analyzed to identify the compromised credit and debit card numbers. Once the analysis is completed, the financial institutions issuing the compromised card numbers will be notified.
If you used your credit or debit card at the Millennium Shell gas pumps between July 14, 2019 and July 24, 2019, the Denton Police Department recommends you review your card statements for any suspicious/unauthorized charges made to your accounts. Citizens with fraudulent activity should notify their financial institutions to dispute the charges. Additionally, citizens should file a police report with the appropriate law enforcement agency.
At this time, the type of skimming device recovered is not being released due to the ongoing investigation.
Contact: Allison Vetere, (940) 349-8558, DentonPD.MediaRelations@cityofdenton.com