Beware fraudulent credit/debit card activity
May 21, 2017
Beginning on Monday, May 15th the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls from citizens in the community stating that they were getting fraudulent transactions on their credit/debit cards.
During the course of the investigation it appears that multiple credit card readers in the Pinedale area may have been compromised. The credit card readers may have had "skimmers" attached to the reader that downloaded credit/debit card information and transferred it to remote locations. It is unknown whether or not an actual physical skimmer device was placed on the reader itself. As reports have continued to flow into the Sheriff’s Office, a portion of the citizens are reporting that they actually used their card inside the business establishments. Law Enforcement is still in the process of determining what method was used to acquire the credit card information. In speaking with citizens that have fallen victim to this fraud, some stated that they had not used their cards in weeks or months. It was initially thought that these intrusions were focused around the gas stations in the Pinedale area, but it has since been uncovered that a number of the local businesses and restaurants have also been affected. As this investigation is still ongoing names of businesses cannot released at this time.
The investigation is ongoing, but the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office is urging the community to monitor their credit card and debit card activity daily, and report any fraudulent transactions to their bank and Law Enforcement.
Contact for more information:
Undersheriff Lance Gehlhausen
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
35 ½ Tyler Ave
PO Box 701
Pinedale, WY 82941