Scam alert: Utah police discover credit card data stealing device on gas station pump

A gas station in Heber City, Utah, discovered a credit card skimming device on one of its gas pumps. (Photo: Heber City Police Department)

(KUTV) — A gas station in Heber City, Utah, discovered a credit card skimming device on one of its gas pumps.

Heber City Police department said the device and other skimming devices, are attached to payment terminals and then harvest data from every person who swipes cards where they are located.

The thief often must return to the compromised payment machine to pick up the file containing the stolen data. If retrieved successfully, cloned cards can be made from the information, police said.

Information-stealing devices allow the pump and car reader to function normally.

Heber City PD listed four tips on its Facebook page to keep consumers safe from skimming devices:

Pay inside stores

Use pumps closest to buildings, in camera range

Use credit cards, not debit cards

Check your bank statements

The device was located and police said it was fortunate it never was allowed to get back into the hands of the would-be thief.


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