Paying at the pump could cost extra thanks to skimmers


We've all heard of crooks installing skimmers on ATM machines to steal debit card information, including pin numbers, but a new scheme has been uncovered that is much harder to detect and it happens at a place you might equate with highway robbery -- the gas pump. Reports have come in from across the country of debit card skimmers inside gas pumps that record your debit card number, including PIN, and send it wirelessly to a crook who then makes a fake card and helps himself to your money.

Unlike similar skimming attacks at ATMs, these types of scams are much harder to detect because there is no additional part attached to the outside of the gas pump. Instead, criminals actually open the machine and install a skimmer with a secondary keypad and then close it up and wait for the information to roll in.