City: All Madison gas pumps have new unique locks, per ordinance

Locks prevent access to internal pump workings

Pay-at-the-pump card machines in Madison are all protected against identity and card-number theft, city officials said in a news release Monday.

Madison’s Weights and Measurements Office has determined that area gasoline pumps are in compliance with the new ordinance, which took effect Jan. 1, that requires unique locking devices on pumps to protect consumers.

“It’s been a great development that all have installed unique locks on pumps, something we hoped for and to confirm it is an excellent development” said Kyle Bunnow, the city’s weights and measures supervisor.

City: All Madison gas pumps have new unique locks, per ordinance

Previously, many pumps were locked but only required a universal key to gain access to any such locked pump.

The Madison ordinance was passed after weights and measurement staff found several skimming devices inside pay-at-the-pump stations. The devices collect credit or debit card information from unknowing patrons.

About a dozen skimmers were found on Madison pumps last year.

City: All Madison gas pumps have new unique locks, per ordinance

In November, two out-of-state men were arrested on suspicion of identity theft and various items associated with card skimming were found in their hotel room, including soldering equipment, pump keys and dozens of prepaid cards.

City staff have been inspecting pumps throughout the city since the ordinance took effect last month and found that all pumps are now equipped with unique locking devices. The city said that no additional skimmers were detected during the inspections.

The city said it still recommends that consumers remain vigilant when processing financial transactions with a credit card.

Consumers should look for loose, discolored or unusual pieces in areas used to process transactions. Those parts may be an indication of the presence of a skimming device.

The city said anyone who suspects the presence of a skimming device should suspend payment activity immediately, notify the site operator and call Madison police via the non-emergency line at 608-266-4275.

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