There has been a lot said about gas station skimmers – devices that take your debit card
information at the gas pump. How does this happen? A crook attaches a skimming device, about
the size of a pack of cigarettes, inside the gas pump. When the debit/credit card is scanned
the information is captured on the skimmer. Sometimes a small camera is mounted to get debit
card pin numbers being typed in.
It only takes 20 seconds or so to use a master key (bought online) to open a gas pump and
install a skimmer.
Thieves get access to the pump by getting the keys from the attendant (usually paid off) or
pose as a gas pump repairman. The most susceptible places are mom-and-pop gas stations.
Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if a skimmer is attached to the pump.
Me? I use cash.