54 credit card skimmers found in Arizona so far in 2019

Posted: 2:28 PM, Feb 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-21 17:56:54Z

PHOENIX, AZ — Officials are continuing to keep an eye out as more credit card skimmers are found around the Valley and state this year.

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As of May 21, officials have discovered 54 skimmers across the state.

The most recent found skimmer was located on May 20 in Black Canyon City, near the I-17.

Take a look at the map below to see where skimmers were found so far in 2019.

A total of 12 credit card skimmers were found in the state in January 2019.

In 2018, the Arizona Department of Agriculture reported a total of 148 credit card skimmers being found across the state. This almost tripled the total number of skimmers found in 2017, which totaled 57.

Weights and Measures investigators say the devices they are finding are becoming more complex, including some utilizing Bluetooth technology to remotely access card information.

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Agency officials tell ABC15 they are now working with gas pump technicians, encouraging them to report skimming devices so they can better track them and look for trends.