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Bloomfield police look for suspects accused of placing skimmers

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Police in Bloomfield are looking to identify these individuals (Bloomfield police) Police in Bloomfield are looking to identify these individuals (Bloomfield police)
BLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Police in Bloomfield are looking to identify two people accused of placing a skimming device at local gas pumps.

Skimmers are devices that are used on the payment terminal when a credit card is swiped.

They can take information off of the magnetic strip on the back of a card and then the criminals make clones of the card and use those credit cards at stores and at ATM's, which is exactly what happened at Bloomfield's Citgo gas station.

Channel Three's Patricia Del Rio spoke with a man who did not want to give his name, but said his cousin is one of the victims of the credit card skimming that happened at the Citgo on Blue Hills Avenue.

"All I know is [she] bought gas, they got skimmed and they used the money in her account and she reported it to the bank," he said.

Surveillance photos show a man and a woman making withdrawals at ATMS and making large purchases at area stores.

Police someone will recognize the people in the pictures and come forward.

The credit car machines have since been fixed.

In the meantime, for people filling up at the pump at the station involved, there is surprise and caution.

"It crosses my mind all the time...every time I use my card. That's the first thing I think about. I always use cash. [It's] way better, no one can over take your money," Bloomfield resident Roderick Scott said.

Experts advise that people should always cover their hand when they use a pin, and always assume someone might be able to see them punching in their password.

They also said people should regularly check their bank accounts or credit card accounts and report any purchases or debits that look suspicious.

In the meantime, if anyone who recognize the people in those surveillance photos are urged to call police.

Anyone with information should contact police at 860-242-5501.

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