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New technology prevents credit card skimmer scams at the pump

A company in Madison came up with this technology to make gas pump transactions for secure.

Posted: May 14, 2018 10:53 PM
Updated: May 15, 2018 2:31 PM

A tech company in Madison is trying to solve the problem of criminals using skimmer devices on gas pumps to steal customers card information.

Huntsville Police told WAAY 31 this was a growing problem in the area last week.

Payless Gas on County Line Road in Madison is using the new technology from AvaLAN Wireless, which is based in Madison.

Basically, the card readers on every pump scan the chip, which is now on most debit and credit cards, and sends it through a secure wireless connection to a computer inside the gas station to complete the transaction.

A customer told WAAY 31 this technology makes her feel safer when she buys gas.

"Me being a college and not having that much money, definitely getting my card stolen is the last thing that I want to hear about, so I think it's really important that they've incorporated this into their station," said Customer Cydria Gray.

All gas stations throughout the country are mandated to make sure they have this, or similar technology at all of their pumps by 2020.

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