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Akron -- Summit County Council unanimously approved a measure Aug. 22 to curb the use of skimming devices on credit card readers on gas pumps throughout Summit County.
The legislation, to take effect Jan. 1, 2017, was introduced by Councilman Jeff Wilhite (District 4) and the late Summit County Executive Russ Pry in June, prior to summer recess.
"We recognize that consumer protection from credit card skimmers is necessary to prevent financial losses and [to] maintain consumer confidence in the integrity of the scanning devices at our retail gas stations," Wilhite said.
This new chapter of the codified ordinances of Summit County, entitled "Fuel Pump Security," enacts tamper prevention measures for gas station owners; civil penalties and costs for non-compliance; administrative hearing procedures for civil penalties; out-of-service and scannerless device exceptions; and fiscal office inspections on devices.
According to county councilors, the use of credit card skimmers has increased. They are usually placed in the scanning device of gas pumps at retail gas stations, stealing credit card information from unsuspecting consumers.
While some retail gas stations have implemented policies and procedures to ensure the security of the scanning devices on their gas pumps, no regulations or consumer protections had existed to protect consumers from credit card skimmers at retail gas stations in Ohio.
Consumers can expect to see these measures enacted at every gas station in Summit County by Jan. 1, 2017, when the new ordinance goes into effect.