Card skimmer claims debunked after fake social media post targets Dayton gas station


About year after a social media post about a fake concert at a Dayton gas station, the owner of that station has found himself refuting claims floating around on Facebook. 

A post on the social media site generated a lot of attention last week, with the user claiming they were the victim of a credit card skimmer at a Sunoco gas station. “Warning: I got ‘skimmed’ at the Sunoco at Wayne and Wyoming. How could Fred Durst let this happen?” the post claimed. 

But the post is fake in several ways. The pump in the picture looks nothing like the pumps at the station, and are the first image that appears in a web image search for ‘gas station skimmer.’ 

The user makes a reference to Fred Durst, the lead singer of a 1990s rock band Limp Bizkit. Last year a fake social media post about a concert at the Sunoco station at Wayne Avenue and Keowee Street drew hundreds to the station. 

The same person owns both those stations, and, just like in 2016 has found himself the victim of a fake social media post. 

“It really could affect us a lot, turn a lot of customers away,” Joh Slifer, the station’s manager told News Center 7 in a phone interview. “[It could] cause the store to have major financial problems. 

The owner called the Montgomery County Auditor’s office, who said the station is clear of any skimmers, but advised people to be vigilant for possible skimmers. 

“Once our inspector drives away from the station, those pumps become vulnerable again,” Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said. 

Keith said to protect yourself from skimming devices at the gas pump, use a credit card instead of a debit card, or pay inside the station with either a card or cash.  


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 
Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Kenny Shields, the lead singer of Canadian classic rock ‘n’ roll band Streetheart, died Friday after cardiac surgery in Winnipeg, CBC News reported. He was 69. >> Read more trending news Shields and Streetheart charted during the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Action,” “Hollywood,” &ldquo...
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies

Former “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Ashleigh Butler announced the death of her beloved dog, Pudsey on Friday, ITV reported. >> Read more trending news Butler, who won the 2012 season title on the ITV television show with Pudsey -- a mix of border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested -- posted an emotional tribute on her...
Woman, deputies aid 4 children left in car in Walmart parking lot
Woman, deputies aid 4 children left in car in Walmart parking lot

A Virginia woman and three sheriff’s deputies helped make four children comfortable, providing them with formula and diapers after they were left alone in a car in a Walmart parking lot, WTVR reported. >> Read more trending news Crystal Richards-Jackson said she noticed three Hanover County deputies making multiple trips to a car parked...
Magical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at La Comedia
Magical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at La Comedia

The tale as old as time returns to our area once more as La Comedia Dinner Theatre presents composer Alan Menken, lyricist Howard Ashman, lyricist Tim Rice, and librettist Linda Woolverton’s 1994 Tony Award-winning musical Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” through Sunday, Aug. 20. Last produced by La Comedia in 2008 and based...
D.L. STEWART: Some generations’ changes don’t add up

People of a younger generation can, and do, poke fun at their elders’ fumbling attempts to cope with modern technology. I do it all the time, although that’s getting a lot harder, because I don’t have as many elders as I used to. When you need an easy laugh, you can’t go wrong joking about mom trying to Skype or grandpa putting...
More Stories