Madera County Sheriff’s deputies cautioned customers this week against paying at the pump after four debit card skimmers were discovered at an Oakhurst Valero and a Vons in the community. At least 35 customers, many likely en route to Yosemite National Park, were victims of the scam to take money from their accounts.
A sheriff’s spokeswoman said that the devices are not detectable from the outside and use Bluetooth technoloy to obtain data when a customer makes a purchase. Some of transactions were completed fraudulently through money orders cashed in Southern California. An investigation into the crime is ongoing. Anyone who feels they may have been victimized is ask to contact the sheriff’s office at 559-642-3201.