Omaha, NE -- - Thieves across the country use skimmers to steal personal information at the gas pump. Now, one franchise is installing new technology to stop the thieves. QuikTrip installed pump shield at every one of their 760 stores nationwide, which includes its locations in Charlotte, NC.
If an unauthorized person tries to gain access “Pump Shield” sounds a silent alarm, which allows workers to immediately shut down a pump and see if any skimming device were installed. They say it can help stop the crimes within minutes or seconds.
The U.S. Secret Service told KMTV the skimmers can save hundreds of credit card numbers, and the criminals later clone the information onto gift cards.
QuikTrip says the device is already paying off.
"We know how it works because we had an individual or individuals about a week or two weeks ago try to do it in Tucson, (Arizona) and we were able to catch it before anything happened with the surveillance equipment that we have,” said Mike Thornbrugh with QuikTrip.
The U.S. Secret Service says the best way for consumers to protect themselves is to monitor their accounts for any fraudulent charges.