BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry are on high alert after a card skimmer was found at a gas station in Baton Rouge.
Commissioner Mike Strain said agents from his department found a card skimmer inside one of the pumps at a Shell gas station off Airline Hwy. LDAF oversees gas stations in the state.
A skimmer is a tool used to steal people's card information when someone is paying at the pump. Strain said criminals are unlocking card reader cabinets at the gas stations in order attach skimmers but that is about to change.
"As we move forward there will be devices placed on here so that when a cabinet opens it shuts everything down on the pump," said Strain.
Strain said agents also recovered skimmers at gas stations in Shreveport and in Jefferson Parish. Now, he said LDAF is working with the Secret Service to tackle the issue. He said so far crews have checked over 300 stations across the state.
The skimmer at the gas station on Airline Hwy has been removed. Owner Usman Jafri said he is working to make some changes at the pump too.
"There is a universal lock for all the pumps. So you can go anywhere and use the key," said Jafri "So my plan is to change the locks to at least stop it and keep checking on a regular basis."
Officials also say if you're using a credit or debit card at the pump, make sure to check your accounts for suspicious activity.