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The U.S. Secret Service is attempting to take down those who attempt to steal credit card information at gas stations in a nationwide initiative targeting skimming, which will span 17 states over Labor Day weekend.
Credit card skimming is the act of electronically stealing encoded information on credit cards, which is then used to commit fraud. Criminals place small devices — skimmers — on the gas pump paying device, according to a Secret Service report Thursday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Gas stations are ideal for skimming because criminals can go undetected since there is little to no supervision at the pumps, Secret Service reported.
A single tampered pump can receive credit card data from 30 to 100 cards, according to the National Association for Convenience Stores.
Arizona had 78 skimmers in 2018, up from 56 skimmers in 2017, according to ABC 15.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests gas pump users check for unusual attachments to credit card readers, according to a 2017 FTC post. Users should report to a worker if the card reader is loose or moves.
In preparation for the increased travel this Labor Day weekend we are intensifying our efforts to disrupt gas pump skimming operations nationwide. Travel Safe! More Information: https://t.co/s54WkAMc0h pic.twitter.com/VpsJmIbxC8
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) August 30, 2018
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The following news report from May 2016 shares tips on how to detect the illegal credit card skimmers.