Wiring altered at gas station pumps in Sunnyvale

Wiring altered at gas station pumps in Sunnyvale

Police in Sunnyvale arrest 2 in connection with gas station skimming scam

Investigators in Sunnyvale checking every gas pumps after arresting two suspects they believe were trying to install the illegal card readers at World Gas. Oct. 12, 2018

Investigators in Sunnyvale checking every gas pumps after arresting two suspects they believe were trying to install the illegal card readers at World Gas. Oct. 12, 2018

Investigators in Sunnyvale checking every gas pumps after arresting two suspects they believe were trying to install the illegal card readers at World Gas. Oct. 12, 2018

Investigators in Sunnyvale checking every gas pumps after arresting two suspects they believe were trying to install the illegal card readers at World Gas. Oct. 12, 2018

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Police in Sunnyvale arrested two people they believe were attempting in a skimming scam at a gas station. 

Investigators were checking every single pump to see if any card skimmers have been attached after arresting two suspects they believe were trying to install the illegal card readers at World Gas. 

Police were called  around midnight after getting some reports of suspicious activity.  When they arrived they were able to take one person into custody. They later found a second suspect nd recovered their car about half a block away. 

The gas station was closed at the time that police were called out–and it remains closed – while they investigate.   

Two people were arrested early Friday morning after police found them tampering with credit card readers at a gas station in Sunnyvale. Kris Sanchez reports.

Two people were arrested early Friday morning after police found them tampering with credit card readers at a gas station in Sunnyvale.

Police were seen opening up the card readers at all the gas pumps at World Gas on West Maude between Sunnyvale and Tathilda Avenues. They also took two males into custody.

Officials were alerted to the scene after the men triggered an alarm while attempting to install credit card skimmers inside the pump casing, said Jorge Mendoza, the gas stations Operations Manager who also oversees 10 other World Oil Bay Area stations.

Mendoza said he doesnt believe any customers were compromised. He said another station in Hayward was hit with skimmers but this is the only incident he knows about among World Oil stations.

He also said that station attendants are trained to check the security seals on the outside of the pumps and they also unlock the credit card terminals to check the inside every night and every morning.

Matt Schulz, chief industry analyst at CompareCards, tells CNBC that gas stations are the most vulnerable because they arent required to install the chip readers, which are more secured, until 2020.

Do you pump gas in @CityofSunnyvale? @SunnyvaleDPS just removed what looked like credit card skimmers from the #WorldGas on W. Maude. Two men were arrested. pic.twitter.com/37ALAJVgrn

Pay with credit not debitPay with the clerk inside the storeThe card reader should match the rest of the pumpLook for any tamperingMonitor your bank statements


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