New Breed Of Credit Card Thieves Target Gas Pumps

Source: ABC News

A new breed of credit card thieves is stealing unsuspecting customers’ credit card information at gas pumps by installing “skimmer” devices that steal a purchaser’s data as quickly as one swipe of a credit card.

The “old way, they used to come in here with a gun, or they used to break the windows at night when you were gone,” said Ahmad Motlagh, a California gas station owner who has been in the business for 33 years.

Earlier this year, a skimming device was found inside one of Motlagh’s pumps. Without his knowledge, the skimming device sat there for months silently stealing the credit card information of his customers.

Skimming has gotten so bad across the country that Steve Scarince, assistant to the special agent in charge at the United States Secret Service, is on the case. He described skimming as a “multi-billion dollar” problem.

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