According to the Vancouver Sun a 15 year old boy was recently arrested at a Richmond gas station as an integral part of a credit card skimming ring (see the article: “What is credit card skimming?” for more information on how credit card skimming works). The boy was arrested for possessing hundreds of stolen credit card numbers and an illegal credit card skimming machine.
The boy is accused of copying credit card numbers from gas station customers (without their knowledge of course) and then turning around and selling the credit card numbers to the mob who would then use those stolen credit card numbers to make online purchases.
The Mounties estimate the fraud to be in the millions but after a 6 month investigation the boy will appear in court on August 18th and will likely be facing charges of unauthorized possession of credit card data and possessing a credit card forging instrument.
Check out the below video that gives a demonstration in skit form of how this type of credit card skimming could potentially take place at a gas station or other similar location (the video is set to auto play at 2:30 where the demonstration is just about to begin but feel free to watch the entire video as well).
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