The Hays Police Department has taken three reports of people’s credit card information possibly being taken by a skimmer.

Skimmers are sometimes placed inside a gas pump or ATM slot where debit or credit cards are read. The skimmers could be hard to see.

The devices collect the information off the cards as they are placed into the slots, and criminals will later use the information off the cards to make purchases.

Residents are encouraged to check ATM or credit card readers prior to use and alert authorities if anything looks suspicious.

Residents also are advised to monitor their banking activity regularly to make sure information is not being used illegally.

If you have any information on someone using skimmers in Hays, please contact the Hays Police Department at (785) 625-1030.