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Corinth police investigate new gas pump skimming device

Corinth police are investigating a new skimming device found inside gas pumps.

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 10:48 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 9:07 AM

CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - New technology could put gas pump skimmers one step ahead of law enforcement. 

Corinth police first became aware of this issue at the beginning of November. 

"The perpetrator accesses the fuel pump and replaces a cable from within the fuel pump with their own," said Detective Dell Green. 

It is a cable like device that police say cannot be detected from the outside. 

"These cables have bluetooth capabilities where they can access the information at the fuel pump, live, currently, as it's being processed," said Green.

Now police recommend checking your bluetooth settings before paying for gas with your credit card.

"Like if you were to connect to your car or headphones or something," said Green. "Where it says 'My Device', if something seems out of the ordinary, there could be a possibility."

Meanwhile, Oxford police  tweeted about a similar incident, adding ways to protect yourself against skimmers.

Check for tampering - gas stations place certain stickers across locks and openings.

Wiggle everything - devices latched on the exterior will often be loose.

And frequently check your online banking - any unauthorized charges should be reported immediately. 

"I've heard from alot of people to go inside and pay the old fashion way," said Green. 

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