MINNEAPOLIS - A California couple, Gohar Yesayan and Sarksis Mkhsyan, have been arrested for installing skimming devices on six fuel dispensers at a Shell station in New Hope, Minnesota.
When police arrested the couple, they uncovered a list of at least 100 gas stations the two were planning to target with skimming devices. This couple is also believed to be part of a more wide-spread criminal operation.
"In this case they were taking information from getting your credit card numbers and stealing your identity, and stealing all sorts of things," said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. "These are the kinds of white collar criminals that we have spent a lot of time on and will continue to. I'm hoping to put these folks in the big house for a chunk of time," he added.
NACS Anti-Skimming Solution?
We Care is a tamper-evident label that can help retailers identify potential security breaches if skimming devices are inserted at fuel dispensers or other unattended PIN-entry devices. The labels can also help retailers address some of the PCI compliance mandates that are now required.
The security labels are to be used on fuel dispensers near the credit/debit card transaction area. If the label is lifted to insert a skimming device, a "void" message appears on the label, providing a visual alert to store employees so that additional action can be taken. Because the labels clearly indicate that they are to prevent tampering, the labels help assure customers that their data is secure, and discourage criminals targeting the store.
Protect your business and your customers €" what a NACS video to show you how. You can also order the We Care decals for your stores. NACS also has a fact sheet that examines retailer concerns about card skimming.