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Taking Apart CC Machines
updated: May 30, 2014, 3:25 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

My mother and I were passing the La Cumbre 76 convenient store on State Street yesterday around 3:30 or 4pm and saw two police wearing gloves and taking apart the credit card machines on the gas pumps. Do you guys know anything about this? We were thinking that someone had gotten their card stuck but they were going through more then just one machine and there was a man talking to them. Also, the employees of the store/gas station were not involved. Thank you !

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 COMMENT 523783 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:27 PM

found skimmers

 

 COMMENT 523785 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:28 PM

Scammers can put code readers in the machines that clone your credit card info when you use your card for gas (including PIN if you run ATM). They were probably wearing gloves in hopes of lifting prints of the internal components.

 

 COMMENT 523786 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:28 PM

Someone probably installed a skimmer over the real credit card slot. Cops were doing some CSI to find out who.
That would be my guess

 

 ECHO agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:28 PM

Where did you see this?

 

 COMMENT 523789 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:31 PM

ECHO - "La Cumbre 76 convenient store on State Street"

 

 COMMENT 523797 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:46 PM

Could have been a purchase from a stolen credit card too.

 

 COMMENT 523801 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:54 PM

Credit card skimmers get placed n gasoline pumps all the time. Sounds like they found one.

 

 SB_GIRL71 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 03:56 PM

My grandmothers card was skimmed there twice in the past. We have not gone back after the 2nd time realizing that both occured a few days after we had been there. I did contact 76 corporate and they were very helpful but obviously that station is an easy target or something.

 

 COMMENT 523804P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 04:06 PM

@789: There are more than one 76 convenient store on State Street. There's one at Islay & one at La Cumbre

 

 COMMENT 523809 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 04:21 PM

804P - That is probably why the OP specifically named "the La Cumbre 76 convenient store".

 

 COMMENT 523815 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 04:28 PM

Yes that station gets hit a lot by card readers it happened to me they ran up a $500 bill in three hours but 76 reversed all the charges...GO INTO EVERY STATION AND GIVE THEM YOUR CARD DONT SWIPE IT AT THE PUMP EVER"""THEY CANT PUT CARD REDERS INSIDE THE STORE!!!!

 

 COMMENT 523816 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 04:29 PM

Apparently not obvious, but Police, Fire, and AMR do not respond to stuck credit card calls. ;-)

 

 COMMENT 523817 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 04:32 PM

@815, you trust minimum wage counter staff waaaaay to much.

 

 COMMENT 523824 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 04:46 PM

skimmers

 

 COMMENT 523827P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 04:51 PM

Credit card instead of debit or gas card will give you more protection, and I haven't been skimmed/robbed. I frequent the lower cost gas station on upper de la Vina. OP, please look into this kind of stuff; awareness aids protection. All you need to do is read the news here.
Search Edhat for "skimmer' and scroll donw to comments.

 

 COMMENT 523829P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 04:53 PM

Where was this?

 

 COMMENT 523832 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 05:05 PM

@815 Actually they have found ways to compromise the inside card readers. And not just at gas stations.

 

 COMMENT 523846P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 05:17 PM

Skimmer detected - for sure.

 

 COMMENT 523871P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 06:34 PM

Wow. Thanks, everyone. I use that gas station all the time, as it's close to me. But I had no idea this was happening. Will pay good old cash now.

 

 COMMENT 523890 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 08:06 PM

The world gas station on the corner of Fairview and calle real has had the same problem, had my card skimmed twice there.

 

 COMMENT 523893 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 08:19 PM

Shocked to hear this becuz several years ago I had my cc info stolen&the only place I went to that day was that 76 Gas Station on La Cumbre&State St (my card was compremised the day after going there.I reviewed my CC statement&realized the person had ordered books&music online&had the stuff mailed to his house in Orange County.I called the online company's&asked them for the address which they all gave me along with the mans name (middle eastern name)I figured the people who owned&operated the gas station may be involved&I made a police report but never heard back anything.The man charged small amounts every time so that I wouldn't notice right away.They need to check the owners&his extended family members due to the man in Orange County's name was linked to a gas station in LA area! I will NOT ever go back to that gas station&something fishy is sure going on with that place!

 

 ECHO agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 08:37 PM

I always pay at the pump so I don't have to take my little ones out of the car. I always use credit, and wiggle the inside of the card reader to see if it's loose. I know going in is better though. There was a post on Facebook recently showing how the skimmers protrude out from the reader instead of bring almost flush to the machine.

 

 COMMENT 523908P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 09:12 PM

That is the same location that had Bill for Sheriff signs out front, now they are gone, must have been losing too much business.

 

 COMMENT 523932 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 07:03 AM

I seriously doubt the owner of a gas station is going to risk being thrown in jail to glean a few dollars illegally from a credit card skimmer.
A rogue employee is a possibility, but they would be caught up to pretty quickly. Skimmers seem to be the most logical assumption to make since they have been found in town many times now.
I'd say only use a credit card and avoid any machine that looks tampered with or has the seal broken.

 

 COMMENT 523950 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 07:57 AM

My secretary, who lives in the Valley, had her card skimmed at the Chumash mini-mart station outside the casino. Reported it to the Sheriff. The credit card company tracked it down to some thieving "visitor" most likely from the L.A. area because they tried to make a $2,000 purchase in L.A. with the skimmed info, maybe trying to recoup their gambling losses. The credit card company was very helpful but she never heard anything back from the Sheriff' Department.

 

 COMMENT 523965P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 08:34 AM

Maybe just coincidence but it seems these skimmers are almost always at Union stations which gives one suspicion that the crooks have some relationship with that franchise or the owners of that franchise.

 

 COMMENT 523976P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 09:08 AM

965,, or that the pumps Union uses are especially easy and FAST to target...

 

 COMMENT 523977 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 09:10 AM

Regarding 965 and Union stations, It would be helpful to see some of the statistics about how many skimmers occur at Union stations.

 

 COMMENT 523993 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 09:47 AM

Skimmers can be put onto and taken off of the credit card slot very easily. All the thief has to do is pull up to the pump and act like he is using his card to put the skimmer on. He can come back a couple of hours later, do the same thing and pull it off. The gas station never knows. YOU need to be aware. If the credit card slot is not flush, if it is sticking out half an inch or so from the face or the key pad it is very likely that there is a skimmer attached to that credit card reader and you should not use it. Read the current issue of Consumer Reports about credit card skimmers and fraud. One guy had his credit card number stolen and used by a clerk who used his cell phone to take a photo of it.....you need to pay attention.

 

 COMMENT 524009 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 10:28 AM

Google "krebsonsecurity" and see the posts about ATMs. Excellent info and photos of skimmers.

 

 COMMENT 524027 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 11:43 AM

932, I guarantee the owner nor employee set up the skimmer. As 993 detailed, they are setup very easily and often the gas station or atm has no idea.

 

 COMMENT 524028 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 11:46 AM

I had my card scammed "twice" within a month @ the 76 gas station on De La Vina. That's "two" cards that had to be replaced. Their security code is still a joke, it's your zip code ! How hard is it to guess at that ?
I've taken my business elsewhere ... where security is taken seriously.

 

 COMMENT 524031 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 11:51 AM

CASH RULES, people. Tip your waiters in cash, pay for your gas in cash, buy your groceries in cash... you'll never have to worry about getting scammed! CASH RULES!

 

 COMMENT 524045 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 12:51 PM

Cash is king! By the time one uses their credit card to get enough miles you could have bought your own airline ticket!

 

 COMMENT 524061P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 01:36 PM

I, along with several others I heard about here, had my card skimmed a couple of years ago at the 76 on upper De La Vina, but the card company caught it immediately --several gas purchases for $99 in the Antelope Valley the next day, giant red flag-- so we didn't lose any money. I've continued using that gas station and it's never happened again.

 

 COMMENT 524222P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-01 04:27 AM

Wells Fargo recently changed their ATM slot and I wound up going inside to confirm that it was the real thing.

 

 COMMENT 524412 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-01 05:59 PM

I also got my card copied at that Union 76 gas station at Islay. I had heard they broke up one ring out of Glendale who were doing this, but maybe they started a new one up again

 

 COMMENT 524518 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 10:02 AM

I had the same thing happen (twice, each time around Fiesta)at the Conserv Fuel station also on La Cumbre.

 

 COMMENT 524673 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 04:13 PM

Cash is king!

Except for when you get some counterfeit bills and Canadian coins as change.

 

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