Credit card skimmer found inside local gas pump

SAPD: Man notified store after trouble on bank account

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police said a credit card skimmer has been discovered inside a gas pump outside a Northwest side convenience store -- at least the second one found in the city in recent weeks.

Officers responded to the Exxon station on Huebner Road near Interstate 10 shortly after 3:30 a.m. Monday. Police said a store clerk had called them there after noticing the device inside the gas pump.

The clerk told officers that a customer had some irregular activity on his bank account and suspected the gas pump might be involved somehow. Police said when the clerk inspected the gas pump, he noticed a security seal on it had been broken—a sign that someone had tampered with the pump.

Last month, police spoke to KSAT 12 News about a device that had been found inside a gas pump at an Exxon station near Loop 1604 and Bandera Road. In that case, they had not identified any victims.  A store clerk made the discovery while performing maintenance on the gas pump, police said.

With credit card skimmers, criminals are able to capture and record information from people’s credit and debit cards, as well as their access codes, then access their bank accounts.

In recent months, police had been notified about devices affixed to the outside of bank ATMs. However, they said at the time that the one discovered at the Bandera Road gas station may have been the first one placed inside a gas pump locally.

Investigators said that device had the ability to be controlled remotely. The criminals who placed it inside the pump would be able to retrieve and download the stored credit card information by way of Bluetooth technology, they said.

Because the skimmers are undetectable from the outside of the gas pumps, police said it’s a good idea to look for signs of tampering before using the pumps  and report it. A broken security seal is a big red flag, they said.

Using cash is also an option for avoiding this type of trouble, police said.

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