Attorney General Terry Goddard issued a news release Friday warning consumers about credit and debit card “skimming” that’s occurring more frequently at gas pumps and bank ATMs. Thieves use an electronic device they install on pumps and ATMs that record credit and debit card numbers off the card’s magnetic strip.
“Skimming is simply theft by another name,” Goddard said in the release. “I urge consumers who are victims of skimming to report it immediately to law enforcement and their bank, but also to the Attorney General’s Office.”
Some skimmers are also using remote cameras to capture the PIN number of debit card users as they pay at the pump, and some have acquired wireless technology to intercept signals used to transmit a card’s data, the release said.
Skimming devices were found this week on two bank ATMs in Scottsdale. One bank in Arizona told Goddard’s office that many of its branches statewide have customers who have reported skimming.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of consumer fraud can contact the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763. Consumers can also file complaints on the Attorney General’s website at www.azag.gov.