Five card skimmers found at Madison Co. gas station

A maintenance technician discovered broken security seals on five of the store's eight pumps.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 7:29 PM

Five credit card skimmers were found at a Madison County gas station.

The skimmers were found at the Marathon gas station on US Highway 72 west at Jeff Road, and whoever is responsible is facing up to 50 years in prison for stealing people's credit cards.

A maintenance technician discovered broken security seals on five of the store's eight pumps.

"I actually go around and check all the dispensers and make sure everything is working in proper order and obviously we found some issues with the site," said Kelvin Wyatt a maintenance technician.

The President of the company who operates the pumps explained the high tech skimmers found allow whoever who placed them there to access customer's data remotely.

"They've gotten fancier so they don't have to risk getting caught by coming back and it transmits through Bluetooth. They can pull into the parking lot dial into them and download the data," said J Spencer.

He told us it's hard to tell when the skimmers were placed at the gas station, and they're unsure how many of their customer's data was compromised.

"It looks like a pretty busy area so there ain't no telling how many people use their credit cards," Kevin pace, works in Huntsville.

Spence explained new card readers that work with chip cards will soon be installed on the pumps will make it nearly impossible for this to happen.

"The new credit card readers. They will encrypt as soon as they swipe. It will get past that point and be encrypted so if someone was to hack into it they would get encrypted data that doesn't mean anything," said J Spencer.

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