A new statewide effort is underway to crack down on illegal credit and debit card skimmers at gas pumps across New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' Weights and Measures Bureau is conducting New York's first-ever training and sweep of gas station dispensers around the state.

Ag and Markets staffers will train county weights and measures officials to spot skimming devices.

Cuomo says it's a proactive way to protect consumers and gas station owners.

“Credit card fraud is a nightmare that could have a long-lasting impact on a victim's finances and credit rating,” said Governor Cuomo. “With this aggressive new action, we're aiming to crackdown on this fraud before it starts by capturing these scammers in the act, and protecting the financial future of thousands of New Yorkers."