Credit Card Skimming in New Places

Elisabeth Leamy on how to protect against identity theft.
2:05 | 03/15/12

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Our consumer watchdog digging deeper tonight after we learned of a new wave of credit card fraud thieves stealing your information. Tonight ABC's Elizabeth -- -- gets her hands on the thieves secret weapon showing us how easily this is done and I can protect yourself. Florida New York. Georgia California. Over the past week crooks have been -- tiny skimming devices that capture your account information at gas stations in every corner of the country and yes. Homes themselves born martyrs close his point of sale terminals that are. Normally located in stores so -- all four a bit of anonymity to some of these criminal actors. Some gas stations and even started placing a seal across their pumps so they can tell if somebody has opened them to install a -- It is difficult -- And time consuming for Austin to find the physical evidence we need to tie these -- actors the actual. Compromise of these courts. Here's how the scam works. You swipe your card to pay not knowing that a tiny device has captured your card number. The thieves then use that number to create a clone of your card with a machine -- -- freely available on the Internet. With a single -- security expert Chris so Ferrell showed me how easy it is by cloning my car. Now is a duplicate your credit card that that's. And that's. The crooks can then go back to the gas station or anywhere and he used the clone of your hard as I did a year and sure enough it went through. Or they can sell your account information to other criminals in an underground Internet chat room. -- infiltrated one and in less than five minutes an identity thief offered me somebody's credit card number. Oh my goodness -- as a simple -- keep this happening TU you can literally Tug on the card reader before you -- it. Fake ones often come off writing your hands otherwise. Fashion advice pay -- work pay cash. Humans -- -- ABC news Washington.

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