Dept. of Ag. looks to protect Kentucky from card skimmers at the pump

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture say they want to help protect consumers from card skimmers when they head in for their next fill-up.

“Over $3 billion a year is lost due to identity theft attributed to gas pump skimmers,” says Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan Quarles.

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The commissioner announced during a Lexington press conference this morning, new efforts to keep consumers safe at the pump. Those include security tape that will let attendants know if a pump has been tampered with. Inspectors will also make sure tape cannot be compromised by logging numbers located on it.

One Lexington detective says in the past year, more than five skimmers have been found and confiscated from pumps. For consumers who’ve experience at least some kind of identity fraud, they’re relieved.

The Department of Agriculture says there are 60,000 pumps in Kentucky and each will be monitored with no extra expense to tax payers.