SAN ANSELMO (CBS SF) — As many as 50 people might be victims of a credit and debit card-skimming fraud at a San Anselmo gas station, according to police.
Victims claim their credit or debit card information was accessed and funds were withdrawn from their accounts over the past few weeks. Detectives determined all the cards had been used at the Gas and Shop at 750 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Anselmo in the past 60 days.
The Central Marin Police Authority said two suspects used physical skimming devices to obtain the cards’ information, and detectives have since checked all the gas pumps at the station to make sure the devices are no longer in place.
CMPA said the two were seen in photographs taken by ATM machines at various banks as they withdrew money from victims’ accounts.
One suspect is a heavy-set, tan-skinned male with a full beard and wearing glasses. He appears to be in his 30’s in a surveillance image; wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, beanie, and dark-colored pants.
The second suspect is a tan-skinned male with a slender build, also in his 30s and with a full beard. He appears to be in his 30’s and is seen in a surveillance image with a red hat, dark-colored jacket and light-colored shirt.
Police said the fraud has been occurring throughout Marin, Sonoma and Contra Costa counties.
Anyone who has used a debit or credit card at a Gas and Shop in the past 60 days should review their account activity with their financial institution, police said. Victims should contact Central Marin police at (415) 927-5150.
Police advise gas customers to pay inside the station rather than use a card at the pump or to use cash.
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