Shopper captures alleged credit card skimmer at 7-Eleven in viral video

Amid a surge in reports of credit card theft devices, viral footage caught a shopper confronting a 7-Eleven cashier about an alleged skimmer.

Skimmers are devices installed on card readers that capture card numbers, allowing thieves to recover the information and use it to make fraudulent purchases. They’re most commonly disguised at ATMs and gas stations, but scammers can also target retail outlets and restaurants, according to reports forbes.

The card skimmers can often transmit information via Bluetooth. This means that whether a thief is in the back seat of a car or just nearby, they can go back to the same place and download the data without touching it.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends checking a card reader for tampering or loose parts, as skimmers often stick out or move if you wiggle them. Customers at a pump can also compare the neighboring machines for differences.

Client Will Hunter’s TikTok video, captured shortly after he spotted a suspected skimmer, has been viewed over 41 million times since it appeared on August 24.

“Credit card skimmer caught,” he said in the caption, identifying the store as 7-Eleven in Mill Valley, California.

His footage showed him holding up what appeared to be a skimmer that had been pulled from the card reader.

“This is freaking crazy,” he told the cashier, adding, “I’m not going to pay by card.”

Hunter walked away with the alleged skimmer, saying, “I’ll take it.”

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Here people wait in line at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Chino Hills, California, on July 28, 2022. Amid a surge in reports of credit card theft devices, viral footage captured a shopper confronting a 7-Eleven cashier about an alleged theft skimmer.
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“You can’t do that, man,” said the cashier. Hunter kept walking when the video stopped.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to KGO-TV that a card skimmer has been reported at 7-Eleven in the Tamalpais Valley neighborhood of Mill Valley, California. At least six law enforcement agencies in California’s Bay Area have issued similar reports in the past six weeks.

On July 15, a card skimmer was reported at a Chevron 7-Eleven in Sunnyvale. Just a day later, the Oakland Police Department released surveillance photos of a man placing a skimmer in an Oakland 7-Eleven on July 16.

Additional skimmers and small cameras were found at a Bank of America ATM and three 7-Eleven stores in Petaluma, according to a July 18 alert from the Petaluma Police Department. The Broadmoor Police Department announced that a skimmer hit another 7-Eleven on August 17.

That said a spokesman for the retail chain news week“7-Eleven takes allegations related to card skimmers very seriously. 7-Eleven regularly inspects gas pumps and card readers and works closely with law enforcement to investigate.”

news week reached out to Hunter and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/shopper-captures-alleged-credit-card-skimmer-7-eleven-viral-tiktok-1744262 Shopper captures alleged credit card skimmer at 7-Eleven in viral video

Rick Schindler

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