In 2019, the Arizona Weights and Services Division reported that 209 skimmers were found at gas pumps in Arizona. It was the changes to the pump that helped.
ARIZONA, USA — The technology that made headlines to steal your card information at the gas pump is on the decline in Arizona.
Gas skimmers are attached inside the gas pump by criminals, which collect card data when people swipe their cards. The skimmer installer then uses the data to fabricate fake credit cards to make fraudulent purchases.
Peaked in 2019
The highest number of skimmers in Arizona was reported in 2019.
“We peaked at 209 skimmers that were either found or reported to our division,” said Kevin Allen, associate director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures Services Division.
Allen warns that these are exactly what was found, others may have been attached to pumps and have not been reported.
The devices started showing up in 2010, but Allen said in 2015 they really became a problem in Arizona.
No skimmers in 2022
After 2019, Allen said skimmers were on the decline in Arizona.
So far, Allen said, none have been found in 2022 and reported to his department.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Allen said.
Allen said not having reported any yet to weights and measures is a big deal.
“I’ve heard data that for every skimmer captured, a criminal can make up to $24,000,” Allen said.
In April 2021, Allen said gas stations needed to change their pumps to a more secure payment option like chip or tap-to-pay.
“If they haven’t, the shift of liability for fraudulent transactions shifts from the payment card company to the retailer at this point,” Allen said.
keep an eye out
Allen warns that just because no skimmers have yet to be flagged for weights and measures doesn’t mean there aren’t yet.
In the Valley, Allen said most retailers have turned off their pumps, but outlying gas stations in Arizona may not have upgraded their pumps yet.
For consumers, Allen said it’s always best to keep a watchful eye, as skimmers can also be found on other card devices.
“Anything from 3D printed technology to essentially mimic the look of the device,” Allen said.
That’s why Allen said it’s best to double-check terminals before inserting or pressing your card.
“If there is anything that looks unusual or appears to have been tampered with, report it to local law enforcement,” Allen said.
Service station issues can be reported to Weights and Measures here.
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