Card skimmers aren’t just at ATMs; now found at gas pumps

The State Office of Consumer Affairs is taking steps to minimize card skimming at gas pumps and ATMs

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a growing problem, having your banking information stolen when you swipe your credit or debit card. It’s not just happening at the ATM anymore. Thieves now install card skimmers at gas pumps to steal your financial information.

ATM skimming devices typically involve some sort of electronic attachment that is on or around the ATM, and it reads the data that is found from the magnetic strip on the back of your card. Usually, there is also some hidden camera installed to watch you put in your PIN.

The State Office of Consumer Affairs is taking steps to minimize credit and debit card skimming at gas pumps and ATMs. On Wednesday, weight and measure officials will attend a skimming seminar. Immediately after, they’ll go out and inspect gas pumps for these skimmers.

“That makes me not even want to use it at the gas pump anymore,” says Briana Manoogan from Chicopee. “To even take it out of the bank and stop to use the gas pump.”

The Division of Banks has also issued a letter to state-chartered banks and credit unions, directing them to monitor their ATMs and increase ATM security.

Stephanie Simis of Chicopee told 22News, “They should really be looking at things every day, because technology nowadays, it’s just growing, and growing, and growing, and growing.”

There are ways to spot skimming devices:

  • Try shaking the card reader at the entrance.
  • It shouldn’t rattle or come off.
  • Look for any discolored or oddly attached parts.
  • And “Out of Order” sign should be printed, not hand written.

If you think you used a compromised card reader, check your bank statement, run a credit report, and contact police.

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