June 21, 2018

California Experiences Increase in Cardlock Skimmer Theft

Cardlock Skimmer

Cardlock Skimmer

Skimmer Fraud on the Rise at California Cardlock Stations

An industry alert recently submitted by the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) highlighted a rising trend in skimmer fraud at Cardlock terminals across California. As we explored in a previous SCL Expert Insight post, skimmers are “small card readers installed within or attached to legitimate payment terminals. They allow thieves the opportunity to steal credit card data from every single swipe of a card. With this sensitive information a thief can clone cards, compromise bank accounts, make fraudulent purchases, steal money and in general, wreak havoc on your identity and financial security.” Skimmers fit over existing card readers found at gas and service station payment terminals and are usually so small that they are nearly impossible to detect. With a small camera attached nearby, thieves are able to see personal identification numbers. With some skimmers, fake PIN pad covers are installed over existing pads to capture your data right from the tip of your fingers.

Cardlock Skimmer Tampering

Recently, a Card Reader in Dispenser (CRIND) fuel pump system was discovered to have been tampered with at an unattended Cardlock facility. According to the industry alert submitted by CIOMA, “The reader door was pried open with a crow bar, the lock changed, and the clips were attached to the reader cable. The incident took place in the middle of the night and was discovered the following morning.” Another CRIND reader incident involving the same suspect happened just days later, where the reader was pried open with a crow bar, skimmer installed, the lock replaced with a dummy lock and a fake decal seal installed to make it appear legitimate.

CIOMA’s First Reports of Skimmer Tampering

Because petroleum retailers have recently begun increasing their preventative security efforts through heightened inspections, thieves are now looking for new ways in which data can be skimmed. This is why CIOMA believes they were recently targeted for Cardlock skimmer fraud. In their recent industry alert, CIOMA had this to say about the trend skimmer activity at their convenience stations: “CIOMA cannot encourage enough that our industry do our best to prevent the theft of data through fueling islands. Unfortunately, it takes time and effort to prevent the actions of criminals intent on breaking numerous laws. Please be vigilant and provide a safe fueling opportunity for your customers.”

Fake Seal Affixed to Pump - Used to Replace Cardlock's

Fake Seal Affixed to Pump – Used to Replace Cardlock’s

Skimmer Components

Join a Security Webinar

On August 22nd, 2018, CIOMA partner, Petroleum Card Services (PCS)  – a payment processing company for the petroleum industry – will be hosting a webinar on Card Skimming and Security, exploring best practices for protecting your fleet, your customers and your business. Click HERE for more information on the webinar and to register.

What You Can Do

If you are a CIOMA member or owner of a fuel service station, do not hesitate to call CIOMA at (916) 646-5999 to report suspicious activity at your pumps. Careful monitoring of stations and immediate reporting whenever you believe there has been tampering to a payment terminal will minimize the number of incidents over time, as well as the proper reporting to government agencies.

Contact an SCL Consultant Today

In a wide range of industrial sectors, SCL is committed to being the number one logistics and solutions provider for the products that protect and optimize the machines that keep our country moving. We pride ourselves on remaining at the forefront of industry trends and technological innovations, and as the market continues to evolve, we are committed to providing extensive product and industry knowledge and total performance satisfaction for our customers. For information on how we can assist your fleet in choosing the optimal products at a competitive price, contact an SCL consultant today.