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Police are looking for the suspect of a convenience store skimmer

Oakland Police shared this footage on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, of a man suspected of installing a “skimmer” on a countertop credit card reader on July 16 at 7-Eleven, 3500 Grand Ave., in Oakland, Calif. (Courtesy of Oakland Police Department)

OAKLAND — Police said Tuesday they are trying to identify a suspect who installed a card skimmer on a convenience store’s credit card reader earlier this month.

In a statement, police said surveillance video inside 7-Eleven, 3500 Grand Avenue, showed a man entering the store just after 9 p.m. on July 16 before walking to the counter and leaving. apply a slotted spoon to a credit card reader.

Criminals often attach these devices to credit or debit card readers at ATMs and gas stations, hoping to harvest the card and personal identification numbers of unsuspecting shoppers to make fraudulent purchases. .

Loose parts around the card reader slots of these devices often give away their installation, police said.

Police said anyone who visited the store between July 16 and July 17 and purchased anything with a credit or debit card should check with their bank to report any possible fraud.

Police said similar devices were found at a Bank of America ATM at 303 Hegenberger Road on January 10 and April 21.

Anyone with information about this or other related incidents can call Oakland Police General Investigators at 510-238-3728.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.