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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

New pain at the pump: Card skimming 

Gas stations and convenience stores are probably among the most reported locales for card skimming, in which debit and credit cards are double-swiped and PINs are observed to commit fraud. Since my own debit card was skimmed a few weeks ago (Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Cloned!), I've stopped paying for gas inside and opting to pay at the pump where I am sure that my card does not leave my hands. Well, things are getting more complicated. Apparently pumps are becoming a common place for thieves to place covert card skimmers, at least in the US. See: Thieves skim credit card data at fuel pumps - Yahoo! News.


8/06/2008 07:00:00 PM  :: (1 comments)  ::  Backlinks
Our provincial police and a card manufacturer put on a good seminar a few months ago about card fraud.

It was sobering to see the level of sophistication of the criminals.

Apparently it's not uncommon to find these skimmers (for the card) / cameras (for the PIN) with wireless capabilities so that the criminal doesn't have to risk retrieval of the equipment.
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