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Oxford police explain gas pump skimmer strategy

Oxford police are investigating a new credit card skimming device used at gas pumps.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 11:23 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Oxford police are investigating a new credit card skimming device used at gas pumps.

It is a device placed inside each pump making it undetectable from the outside. Even more frightening, it uses Bluetooth or WiFi to retrieve data from drivers' cards. Oxford police say this allows the skimmer to retrieve that data without having to come back to the pump, making it very easy to steal credit card information. 

"Well I usually use my card everywhere I go so now I think I should probably be a little more cautious and I might start not using my card at gas stations," said one driver, Jenny Kate Smith. 

The Marathon and Texaco gas stations on South Lamar Street are not open 24 hours. Gas stations like these are often targeted by skimmers. Police say because of their limited hours skimmers can easily install these cable-like devices without being seen. Even if caught on camera, police do not know how long the device has been inside the gas pump to review security footage. Oxford police say this hinders their ability to catch these scammers.

Now, Oxford police warn drivers to always check the card reader area, frequently check your online banking, and of course, using cash can be the best option. 

"I never use my credit card at the gas pump but it just goes to show you have to be extra cautious during the holiday season this time of year," said another driver, Taylor Karr.

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