As the Oklahoma case shows, gas pump skimmers have moved from analog, clunky things to the level of workmanship and attention to detail that is normally only seen in ATM skimmers. Investigators in Oklahome told a local news station that the skimmer technology used in this case was way more sophisticated than anything they’ve seen previously.
Increasingly, pump skimmer scammers are turning to bluetooth-enabled devices that connect directly to the pump’s power source. These skimmers can run indefinitely, and allow thieves to retrieve stolen card data wirelessly while waiting in their car at the pump.
[above]… a card skimming device, pulled off a compromised gas station pump late last year in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
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