Credit Card Thieves Caught On Tape Using Skimmers | Nightline | Abc News
Vacationers, beware, credit-card scammers are setting up shop. We at least expect it from fast-food restaurants to gas stations. They aren't actually stealing your card. Just making you a target.
When you hand it over to pay, we've been investigating this story for months. And now one former criminal is switching sides, here's, ABC's, Nick watt for our series, Nightlife investigates. You are watching a brazen breed of credit card thief caught on tape. Miss it.
Watch again. This McDonald's drive-through. Attendant in Florida is swiping, each credit card twice once to charge for the food and again, through something called a skimmer, which steals the cards details, crooks can use that info to clone your card and spend a fortune.
This burger stand bandit in Boca Raton got caught pled guilty and is on two years probation. Police say, he was stealing the credit card digits of up to 70 customers every single shift they came in for a McFlurry and drove away with their bank, info fleeced, but here's. The thing. These electronic skimmers are now so advanced, they don't even need a human to operate. This alleged crook is searching for a skimmer device installed inside a gas pump in Arizona and left it automatically steals your credit card info.
If you pay at the pump, this guy caught on camera in a covert sting operation. He put those in there. And for whatever reason they're, not there anymore, I know why because I have a's, the one who tipped us off to this burgeoning crime, and he's. The one who switched at. That skimming device for a night-vision spy camera. We may have the first ever video of organized bad guys, actually in trying to retrieve their skimmers, that's video, that's, where I found mine. It was stuck up here unless you're looking like this.
You can't see it. Now, if Matt Mack leg recently found a skimming device inside one of his pumps, sat there for months. He had no idea looked like a little mad Spartan that said, he was stuck on one side to the middle skimming all across this country has. Gotten so bad that Steve's Terence and the United States, Secret, Service, yeah, the same guys who protect the president they are.
Now on the case are you winning the war it's, even right now we're doing our best that we certainly could use more help they're getting help from police departments tip-offs from gas station owners and just wait until you meet one of their former secret weapons. Somebody turned my partner in. And he turned me in Dan de philippic is a reformed credit card hacker who switched. Sides, he was caught by the Secret Service, and then spent two years training agents in the dark art of skimming. So this is the reader that will be inside the gas pump.
And so you would just swipe it through, and it would read it right here. How do they get into those pumps? Believe it or not there's a universal key that opens most gas pump doors that's. The universal is a universal key it's, the same key from Massachusetts all the way to California. You can buy one online some newer devices.
Actually use the cell phone network to transmit the data. So a bad guy can nab your credit card numbers without ever risking a return to the pump. How much is my number worth anywhere from five dollars, maybe thirty dollars.
So how do we stop guys like dam from going on shopping sprees with your credit card info? Well, the Arizona Department of weights and measures is trying to stop this high-tech heist at its source. Well, we're here, checking for skimming devices. It was when they found a skimmer in. This pump that they had their bright idea to lay a trap, they pulled out the skimmer. And we inserted one of these little night-vision spy cams in the back of the dispenser here's, the full video from their operation, 2:00 a.m. and a black SUV pulls into the gas station picked up on the surveillance camera.
Police tell us one guy blocks the attendants view and two people who punch over the pump. Bingo, here's the view from that camera inside a skimmer gang at least safe, and apparently a man and woman. Team caught red-handed. All we have here. We have the guy and I have Mrs. Skinner. They can't find their skimmer. Start bakery.
So it's, almost like a husband and wife team arguing about, you know, where's the car keys, the cops are still searching for Mr. and Mrs. Skimmer. So what on earth can you do to protect yourself and your credit card digits? Well, gas station owners are seeking new ways to protect their pumps like locks and alarms. Here are some other things that you can do check your account most. Credit card companies will suck up any loss. If you report it within 60 days, choose wisely choose a pump near the attendant skimmers, prefer to target pumps in the shadows and pay inside it's time-consuming, but it's a lot, safer, I'm, Nick, Watt for nightlife in Los Angeles.