BALTIMORE, MD — Do yourself a favor when you’re filling up with gas for this weekend and pay with cold, hard cash, the Secret Service warns. Clever fraudsters have installed credit card “skimmers” at fuel pumps across the nation to steal unsuspecting motorists’ personal financial information — and ultimately, their money, the agency said.
Skimmers aren’t new, but new technology makes them smaller and almost impossible to spot, In some cases, the scammers don’t even have to return to the fuel pump to recover the information because they use Bluetooth technology to access it remotely.
The Secret Service said Tuesday it is conducting operations in 21 U.S. states to locate and recover the devices targeting July 4 week travelers. A similar crackdown over the Memorial Day holiday turned up 70 skimming devices.