Idaho Falls Police Issue Gas Pump Scam Warning


5  Updated at 5:25 pm, February 21st, 2013 By: Managing Editor
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(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  —  The Idaho Falls Police Department is cautioning all residents to pay for gasoline purchases inside the store at all gas station locations in Idaho Falls.    Police are currently investigating the installation of credit card skimmers found on gas pumps at two different businesses.  All cases were reported to police Thursday.    Since this discovery, police are working with gas stations to ensure the security of all financial transactions.  Police are asking residents to use caution when using a credit or debit card at the gas pump.

  • Brandon from

    Skimmers can only hold so much memory, so scammers are usually hanging out nearby. They wait until 1 or 2 people use the pump, then have to pull the skimmers before the information expires. They know they have to act fast, before they’re noticed and the card is shut down.

    Gas stations: Look for loiterers. People hovering around the pumps but not buying gas. This is step one.

    Chevron stations in Vegas and Utah have ‘seals’ on their pumps, and signs saying to alert management if the seal looks tampered with or is broken. Skimmers have to access the circuitry of the pump to be able to skim, so the seals help prevent unauthorized access. The only time I use a card at the pump is when I see a seal, and only if it is untampered.

    • your an idiot

      or you attach a micro sd card inside of the machine and hold 16 gigs worth of credit card data

      • Brandon from

        Says the person who just wrote ‘your an idiot…’

        I’m sorry, your opinion is irrelevant.

  • Miss Me 69

    So please explain to me why in the heck they didn’t say what gas stations?? It’s like Russian roulette!!

    • Brandon from

      Phillips 66, one on 17th, one on Broadway & Skyline.