When I think of payment card skimmers—those illegal devices intended to steal payment card information from the unsuspecting—the places I think I’m likely to find them are rather sketchy…at a no-name gas station on the outskirts of town, for instance. Or on a third-party ATM at a third-rate convenience store.
Actually, though, skimmers can be found in a lot of places, and even in the best parts of town. Thieves put them on ATMs, gas pumps and other devices—anywhere that you might swipe your payment card. The Star-Tribune reports that devices have recently turned up at two Minneapolis-area gas stations, prompting the Minnesota Commerce Department to issue a warning.