Here’s How Crooks Steal Your Credit Card At The Gas Pump
Here’s How Crooks Steal Your Credit Card At The Gas Pump by: Off The Grid News Staff – Off the Grid News
TDC Note – 2-3 years ago we were traveling and found a skimmer at a gas station – likely location. Now I look at the point of entry before inserting card. Easy spot once you know what you’re looking for.
Crooks can steal your credit or debit card number anywhere you swipe your card. A simple gadget called a skimmer can let bad guys steal numbers from hundreds of people without the card owners even knowing it.
A skimmer is a device placed over a card reader. When you swipe your card, it reads the numbers but lets you complete the transaction normally. Some skimmers collect data for criminals to pick up later, while others transmit it to the bad guys via Bluetooth or a wireless phone call.
The Northport, Ala., Police Department sent out a Tweet Jan. 13 with a short video of a skimmer and the warning, “Always tug on the credit card reader at the gas pumps, you never know when someone has slipped a reader on there.”
Crooks can steal your credit or debit card numbers at:
- Gas pumps. This is the most common location for skimming, because people are often in a hurry to fill the tank. The Minnesota Commerce Commission found nine skimmers on pumps in the Minneapolis area during a sweep in April 2016, the local CBS affiliate reported.
- Skimmers have been found on regular and self-service checkout lines at several supermarkets, including Safeway. The Consumerist reported that one looked like a normal card reader and even stole pin numbers. Skimmers also were found at the self-checkout lanes at Walmart stores in Virginia and Kentucky in April 2016, security expert Brian Krebs reported.
- Train stations. In November 2014, police found skimmers on ticket machines at three Denver-area light rail stations.
- Skimmers have been popping up on ATMs for several years now, Krebbs reported. Crooks also place false pin readers on ATMs to steal your data.
How To Spot A Skimmer
Here are some tips for spotting a skimmer and protecting your accounts: