Exton skimming device found: Suspects use small child to hide skimming device in 7-Eleven, police say

EXTON, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Police are looking for three suspects who allegedly attached a skimming device to a credit card reader at a 7-Eleven store in Exton, Pennsylvania.

West Whiteland Police said officers responded to the 7-Eleven store in the 100 block of N. Pottstown Pike on Tuesday after the device was found at the main checkout counter.

Pictured: Suspects wanted for allegedly planting a skimming device on a credit card reader at a 7-Eleven store in Exton, PA.

Skimming devices secretly record bank account details from cards. Thieves can then use this data to steal money from the victim’s account.

According to police, the device was placed around 8:30 p.m. on Monday. According to investigators, the suspects placed a small child on the counter to prevent the cashier from seeing the skimmer.

Anyone who can help identify these suspects is asked to call police at 484-874-0358.

It is not yet known if the suspects were able to download information from the skimmer.

Anyone who used a credit or debit card at this 7-Eleven between 8:30 p.m. and 12 p.m. Tuesday is asked to report any suspicious allegations to police.

Investigators say you should keep investigating as the charges may not appear immediately.


The FBI says skimming costs financial institutions and consumers more than $1 billion each year.

Skimmers can be placed at point-of-sale terminals, ATMs, and fuel pumps.

The FBI has released the following tips to protect yourself from skimming:

ATM and point-of-sale terminal skimming

-ATM skimmer devices typically fit over the original card reader.

– Some ATM skimmers are inserted into the card reader, placed in the terminal, or placed along exposed wires.

-Pinhole cameras installed at ATMs record a customer entering their PIN. The placement of the pinhole is very different.

-In some cases, keyboard overlays are used instead of pinhole cameras to record PINs. Keyboard overlays record a customer’s keystrokes.

-Skimming devices store data to later be downloaded or wirelessly transmitted.

Tips on using an ATM or POS terminal

-Inspect ATMs, POS terminals and other card readers before use. Look for loose, crooked, damaged, or scratched items. Do not use a card reader if you notice anything unusual.

-Drag the edges of the keyboard before entering your PIN. Then cover the keyboard when entering your PIN to prevent cameras from recording what you type.

– Use indoor ATMs in a well-lit location that are less vulnerable targets.

-Beware of skimming devices in tourist areas that are popular destinations.

-Use debit and credit cards with chip technology. In the US, there are fewer devices stealing chip data than magnetic stripe data.

– Avoid using your debit card if you have linked accounts. Use a credit card instead.

– Contact your financial institution if the ATM does not return your card after you have completed or canceled a transaction.

Fuel pump skimming

– Fuel pump skimmers are typically fitted within the machine’s internal wiring and are not visible to the customer.

-The skimming devices store data to be later downloaded or wirelessly transmitted.

Tips on using a fuel pump

-Choose a pump that is closer to the store and in direct line of sight of the attendant. These pumps are less likely targets for skimmers.

-Execute your debit card as a credit card. If this is not possible, cover the keyboard when entering your PIN.

– Pay inside with the attendant, not outside at the pump.

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