Brookline police find skimmer at Harvard Street gas station


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Brookline police said the skimmer apparently grabbed card numbers from Jan. 16 to March 15.

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Brookline police are giving out tips to avoid credit card skimmers after one was found at a Harvard Street gas station.

A manager at the gas station was notified by a private financial services company that several cards used at a particular pump later experienced fraud, Brookline police said in a statement. The cards flagged were used at the pump between Jan. 16 and March 15.

Police did not say which gas station on Harvard Street. There’s a Sunoco, Stop & Shop, and Mobil gas station on Harvard Street near Coolidge Corner. 

Brookline police said detectives are actively investigating.

The skimmer used bluetooth technology to send card information to a third party, police said in a video shared to Facebook. They recommend using a cell phone to check for nearby bluetooth connections.

If “HC-05,” or something similar, comes up as a possible connection, there’s a skimmer nearby. Police say to not use the pump and alert the gas station.

This article has been updated to state the gas station street’s as Harvard Street, not Harvard Avenue.





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