South Plains Association of Governments

Representing the interests of the local governments in the region and facilitating orderly development of the economic, social, and physical environment.

Who We are

In 2019, SPAG learned that the Texas Department of Agriculture reserved funds for public awareness campaigns across the state of Texas. In order to better inform the public about credit card skimming at gas pumps, TDA asked multiple organizations across the state to apply for funding to create their own campaign. SPAG was one of several organizations who applied for and was awarded funding.

Our campaign consists of eight strategically located workshops taking place across the SPAG region in the South Plains in the following cities: Plainview, Idalou, Muleshoe, Levelland, Lubbock, Tahoka, Brownfield, and Post. The purpose of these workshops is to educate law enforcement, local authorities, business owners, local banks, and citizens of the dangers of credit card skimming at fuel pump stations.

The Workshops

Our subject matter expert is Detective Keith Anguish of the Lubbock Police Department Investigation Services Bureau. Detective Anguish works in the forgery unit of the Lubbock Police Department and has received training from the City of Tyler Police Department on the issue of credit card skimmers at ATMs and fuel pumps.

 

The workshops will consist of a presentation that will serve to educate participants about card skimmers at fuel pumps. The workshops will also cover how to identify and prevent skimming and other useful information.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to understand:

  • What a credit card skimmer is
  • The effect card skimmers have in the community
  • How to identify a tampered fuel pump
  • Types of credit card skimmer
  • How to prevent card skimming
  • What to do if you become a victim of credit card skimming

There will also be a Q&A session for the participants following the presentation where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

SPAG’s credit card skimmer awareness campaign also includes billboard advertising and social media outreach.

Sign Up

Interested in attending a workshop? Check out our calendar and sign up! There is no charge for the workshop. Simply sign up with your First and Last Name, Organization/City, Phone Number, and Email Address. Your information will not be shared and will be used for workshop registration purposes only.

Due to COVID-19 all workshops in the communities have been cancelled and SPAG is now offering workshops via Zoom. You can reserve tickets to the events below, once a date has been set.

Zoom Workshop:
November 18, 2020 
From: 2:00PM – 2:30PM
Click here to register

Zoom Workshop:
December 16, 2020
From: 2:00PM – 2:30PM
Click here to register

Zoom Workshop: 
January 13, 2020
From: 2:00PM – 2:30PM
Click here to register

About SPAG

The South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) is an independent political subdivision of the state of Texas, or Council of Governments (COG), and is an instrument of local governments. It is one of 24 such organizations in Texas. 

The SPAG planning region, delineated by the Governor, encompasses 15 counties covering 13,737 square miles. Approximately 60 percent of the region’s population is located in Lubbock County, which is the geographical center of the region.

SPAG is charged with representing the interests of the local governments in the region and facilitating orderly development of the economic, social, and physical environment. Acting through SPAG, local governments create opportunities based upon local needs and preferences.

With the Credit Card Skimmer public awareness campaign, funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture, we hope to better educate and inform the SPAG region about the threat of credit card skimmers in the area and how to keep the public safe at the pump and in their wallets.