Devices Stealing Data From Pumps

Laracy, Alex
January 2005
Convenience Store News;1/10/2005, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p12
Trade Publication
This article reports that a disturbing new trend has emerged at several southern gas stations where thieves installed electronic "skimmers" inside the gas pumps, which copy and store customers' information. The skimmers takes information from credit and debit cards while victims are filling their gas tanks. The devices have two computer ribbons: one that takes information from the keypad, such as debit card access numbers, and another that clicks into the access port where credit and debit cards are placed to capture other account information. After the thieves return and retrieve the skimmers, they download the information into a personal computer and then transfer the data onto fake cards with magnetic strips, such as electronic hotel keys. Once a credit card logo is silk-screened onto the card, the thieves have a working replica of the card. In the meantime, in order to prevent card data thefts, officials recommend consumers use credit cards instead of debit cards.


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