Scammers Have Come up with a New Way to Rob People at Gas Stations: It Can Be Detected by a Small Damage to the Payment Terminal

Scammers Have Come up with a New Way to Rob People at Gas Stations: It Can Be Detected by a Small Damage to the Payment Terminal

The Aurora Police Department in Colorado is warning the public about a new scam involving contactless payment processes at gas stations. The scam involves tampering with the payment terminals, and here's how it works, as reported by 9news.

"Some gas stations are transitioning to contactless payment systems, which are designed to reduce the number of frauds and thefts of personal identification data," explained Sergeant Dan Curtin of the Aurora Police.

Criminals drill holes into these payment terminals, forcing customers to use their cards for payment. Subsequently, the thieves attach skimming devices to these compromised machines to steal card information.

According to Curtin, most customers don't even notice that there's a hole in the screen.

"When the screen is damaged on a contactless payment system, the pump automatically reverts to card payment mode," Curtin clarified. "You don't even realize something fishy is going on. It takes about 12 seconds to open the gas pump, install the skimmer, and it's all set."

If you happen to notice a hole drilled into the screen of a contactless payment terminal, the police advise notifying gas station staff immediately. The pumps should be shut down and checked for skimming devices.

The Aurora Police's Economic Crimes Unit mentioned that no calls or reports of this scam have been received from Boulder, Jefferson, Aurora, or Arapahoe counties. However, they believe that the scam's prevalence will likely expand to other regions soon.

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