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For Immediate Release
Sandra Morgenstern, President/C.E.O.
114-A Westview Avenue
Marietta, OH 45750
Marietta, Ohio, October 29, 2015—Par Mar Stores discovered a credit card skimming device today on one gas pump at the Par Mar Store located at exit #6, Marietta, Ohio. The skimmer was found after a company-wide examination of all fuel pumps was issued for all Par Mar Stores due to customer’s coming forward with concerns of fraudulent charges in the New Matamoras, Ohio area. Upon examination at the Par Mar Stores in New Matamoras, there was not any skimming devices discovered.
The local authorities were notified regarding the discovery and they removed the device from the Marietta location. The device is in the possession of the Washington County Sheriff’s office and Par Mar will assist the authorities throughout these investigations.
Sandra Morgenstern, President/C.E.O of Par Mar Stores said “We are committed to ensure our customers have a positive experience while shopping at our locations by providing a safe and secure environment. It is unfortunate that criminals have entered the Mid-Ohio valley and are looking for ways to obtain personal information to commit identity theft and scam individuals. We ask that our valued customers remain vigilant and closely monitor their financial accounts and credit reports and please report any unauthorized activity.”
In response to this data being taken illegally through skimming devices, Par Mar Stores has increased its security measures at all locations. Morgenstern says, “We have placed security seals over areas of pump entry. If customers see that the seal is broken or looks as if it was tampered with, it would be good to report to the associates working in the stores. It is good to say something if you see something.”
If you have any fraudulent charges on your credit card statements, please contact your financial institution and the Washington County Sheriff’s office, Lt. Stackpole at 740.376.7070 x 0. Please be prepared to provide specific information about your fraudulent transactions.
Customers having other questions, may call 800-727-6271.
Headquartered in Marietta, Ohio, Par Mar Stores is a locally owned and operated convenience store chain operating 50 locations in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.