New law criminalizes the possession and selling of skimmers.
The State of Pennsylvania is working to deter those looking to defraud customers by placing skimmers on gas pumps to steal credit card information thanks to a new state law that went into effect on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
According to Land Line Magazine Online, the new state law makes it a criminal offense to place a scanning or skimming device on fuel pumps or ATMs, and those in possession of a skimming device or those caught selling a skimming device could also face criminal charges. Those caught violating the law would face third-degree felony charges, while repeat offenders would be subject to second-degree felony charges.
The Dallas Police Department explained many skimmers use Bluetooth technology, so savvy customers can enable Bluetooth on their smartphone and search for a device to ensure it’s safe to swipe their card, Land Line Magazine Online reported.