This is news regardless of where you live. Why? The use of skimming devices by identity criminals is not limited to Utah. ABC 4 television news reported:
"Utah police investigators said crooks have installed electronic "skimming" devices at 180 gas stations from Salt Lake to Provo in an attempt to steal bank card and pin numbers... The skimming device is actually located inside the gas pump... The “Skimmer” copied card and pin numbers giving the criminals free access to the victim’s bank accounts... Crooks used the stolen card information captured by the device to steal more than $11,000 using ATM machines in Los Angeles... Investigators don't know how many card numbers the crooks stole... The only way that you're going to know if you've fallen victim to this is if your credit card starts being used or if your debit card number starts being used..."
If thieves drain your checking account balance to zero, you'll know that way too. By then the damage has been done, and your bank may not reimburse you for the stolen money.
Because it is impossible to spot a gas station pump that has been tampered with, I never pay at the pump. Instead, I go inside to the cashier and pay with credit or cash. And I keep my credit card within eyesight. I use my debit card only at my bank's ATM machines.