Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Gas Pumps May Be More Painful Than You Thought

While not yet considered an epidemic by law enforcement officials, the theft of credit card information at gas pumps has been increasing. In some cases, thieves have gone as far as to place plastic sleeves with thin wiring over pumps' keypads. Then when customers enter their PIN numbers, the devices capture the information. Coupled with other cleverly disguised magnetic readers placed near the card readers, they can then create a fake debit card.

Even more amazing, there are loosely knit networks of these criminals who share tips and techniques with one another. They even have their own websites.

You know, if these criminal masterminds were to pool their talents and divert their attention to the betterment of mankind, we could solve all the world's problems in less than a week.

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