Possible skimming case being investigated at Henrico grocery store

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Kroger gas customer in Henrico wants the public to know that she may be a victim of skimming.

“I’m not going to use a debit card anymore,” Murlene Silver said. “I don’t spend like that. I can’t afford it.”

Silver claims her debit card information was stolen Monday after using a Kroger gas station on West Broad Street near Springfield Road.

WTVR CBS 6 reviewed Silver’s bank statements which revealed that Kroger gas station was the only place she used her debit card in nearly two weeks.

Nearly $4,000 was removed from Silver’s bank account just hours after using the gas station pump.

WTVR CBS 6 was interviewing Silver when an RPD officer arrived at her house to begin the investigation.

“Once they do their investigation, I hope they will put my money back,” Silver added.

While it is unclear if skimming is the culprit, Special Agent Doug Mease with the Secret Service said catching skimmers can be very difficult.

“A lot of time what we see is that they are traveling a lot, we see it up and down the I-95 corridor,” Mease said.

WTVR CBS 6 has reached out to Kroger for a statement, but had not heard back by 5 p.m.

Mease said skimming has become very advanced, with devices placed right where card readers are located going undetected by many.

“My advice is give it a good tug,” Mease said.