Card Skimmer Harvests $10,000 From 45 Victims At California Gas Station

Police suspect that a card skimmer installed at a gas station in El Monte, CA is responsible for $10,000 in credit card fraud, says KNBC:

“It looks like the victims were gassing up here and using the outside pump terminals, and their credit card information was compromised,” El Monte police Detective Brian Glick said.

Police don’t believe it was an inside job but that the fraud artists picked the station in the 4300 block North Santa Anita Avenue because of its high customer volume.

Fraudulent withdrawals, ranging from $400 to $1,500 per customer, were made in Las Vegas, Palms Springs and New York, police said.

Police didn’t find the device, but think that 45 credit/debit accounts with transactions from the same gas station is, uh, a bit of a coincidence.

ID Theft Investigated At El Monte Gas Station [KNBC]