Credit card companies pushing gas stations for new technology against skimmers. Just two weeks ago, thieves hacked Chris Kammerer’s credit card information at the pump while staying in North Carolina.
“While I travelled back, I got a warning from my credit card that stated they thought there was fraudulent activity on it,” Kammerer said.
And three charges totaling $6,000 were put on his card in Virginia Beach.
“It shows that your really can’t trust any of the gas stations you go to,” Kammerer said.
That’s why Kammerer is glad to hear that major credit card companies are pushing gas station to install extra security.
Credit card giants Visa and Mastercard are putting pressure on gas stations.
In two years, gas stations across the country must either upgrade their security or pay for credit card processing fees.
You will be able to tell if there’s upgraded equipment if you’re paying at the pump – the keypad will be elevated.
This comes after thieves may have had access to many people’s credit card information.
Gas technicians say flat keypads on gas pumps are the least secure and easiest to skim credit card information from gas pumps.
The software is currently in the process of being developed to work with the upgraded equipment at gas stations by 2020.