Skimmers found at 8 Northern Va. gas stations

WASHINGTON — Fairfax County police are asking consumers to check their credit cards statements after card skimmers were found at eight gas stations in the county since the summer.

Financial crimes detectives said the most recent skimmer was discovered this week at a Wal-Mart on Richmond Highway near Alexandria.

Fairfax County police don’t yet know if the skimmers are linked, but suspect that the locations were targeted because the older model pumps made it easier to install the skimming devices.

Thieves used some stolen credit information to withdraw cash from ATMs, investigators said in a statement.

They ask if consumers know anything about the scam or believe their credit might be compromised from a skimmer to call Fairfax Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

The devices were found at these gas stations:

  • June 8: Exxon, 5211 Ox Road, Fairfax
  • July 22: Exxon, 6330 Multiplex Drive, Centreville
  • Aug. 8: Exxon, 8021 Leesburg Pike, Vienna
  • Aug. 10: Exxon, 801 Dolley Madison Boulevard, McLean
  • Aug. 31: Exxon, 3403 Holly Avenue, Annandale
  • Sept. 16: Exxon, 6948 South Kings Highway, near Alexandria
  • Sept. 27: Gulf Oil, 8689 Richmond Highway, near Alexandria
  • Oct. 18, Wal-Mart, 6303 Richmond Highway, near Alexandria
Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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