Florida of;cials said their crackdown has sent scammers
elsewhere. Every state except Wyoming and Alaska has
reported ;nding skimmers similar to those found in Florida.
Some devices are numbered, of;cials said, indicating thieves
Also, technology continues to advance. What started as
simple ;ash memory chips that had to be retrieved physically evolved to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices that allow
thieves access from their vehicles. The latest iterations
include cellular technology that allows skimmers to transmit
stolen credit cards in real time. Card numbers can be texted
to thieves and copied to bogus cards before victims ;nish
;lling their tanks.
Lt. Andrew Cobb from the Florida Of;ce of Agricultural
Law Enforcement offered ;rsthand accounts of the latest
sophistication in crime.
Creating bogus credit cards or selling valid credit card
numbers on the darknet is merely the beginning, Cobb
said. Thieves use many of the stolen cards at the locations
they were skimmed. Criminals use special vans with large,
internal diesel tanks for selling fuel to dishonest truckers. One
gang, Cobb said, planted a GPS tracking device in a skimmer,
then logged the whereabouts of enforcement of;cials after the
of;cials removed the device.
Experts warned that card fraud at the pump will continue,
and some questioned whether EMV will deter criminals.
Weights and measures of;cials remain eager to learn how to
detect, deactivate and eventually prevent skimmers.
The 103rd Annual Meeting of the National Conference on
Weights and Measures will be July 15-19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
PEI invites attendees to visit the association’s headquarters that
week. Visit www.pei.org/about for of;ce hours and directions.
J. Rex Brown is PEI’s director of information technology and representative to the NCWM. Reach
him at email@example.com.