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Watch out if you're pumping gas in North Texas: more credit card skimmers have been found

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Corpus Christi police released this surveillance video showing a pig they found wandering around a Stripes convenience store and gas station around 3 a.m. on Wednesday.
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Corpus Christi police released this surveillance video showing a pig they found wandering around a Stripes convenience store and gas station around 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

Devices known as credit card skimmers have been found on four pumps at an Arlington gas station.

Four of the devices were found Monday at Hawk's Pantry #8, 1606 W. Randol Mill Road, in Arlington, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The devices on pumps 9, 10, 11 and 12 were removed by Arlington police officers, according to the agriculture department.

State officials say the devices have been found across Texas in fuel pumps, helping thieves siphon information from Texans' credit and debit cards.

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has asked all Texans to be on alert and report any problems found at the more than 400,000 fuel pumps across the state.

"Commissioner Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture would like all Texans to be aware fuel pump credit card skimmers have been found," according to an alert sent out Wednesday morning.

Miller suggests that Texans look for any damage to the credit card reader, or check to see if it's loose. If there are any problems, report them to the clerk at the store.

Also, use your credit card — or pay inside with cash — instead of using your debit card to keep your bank account as safe as possible.

Stay away from pumps on the end of a row that clerks might not be able to see at all times.

And check your phone when you pull up to see if a lot of numbers are trying to connect to Bluetooth. That's a giveaway that there could be problems because some skimmers use Bluetooth signals to pick up information from the skimmers.

Anyone with information about skimmers or problems can call the Agriculture Department at 1-800-TELL-TDA.

To see tips on how to avoid skimming, watch Miller's video on YouTube.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

Corpus Christi police released this surveillance video showing a pig they found wandering around a Stripes convenience store and gas station around 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

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