Legislature passes bill banning skimmers

A bill that outlaws the placement of “skimmers,” which are devices placed on card readers on gas pumps, ATMs, and self-checkout lanes at grocery stores this week passed both the Senate and House. It now heads to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.

The bill creates a felony crime for accessing or attempting to access an ATM, gas pump, or similar device without authorization and placing or attempting to place a device that collects payment information. It establishes a gross misdemeanor crime for accessing or attempting to access point-of-sale devices without authorization in a way that creates a risk to public safety.

Rising use of “skimmers” by criminals has resulted in more cases of identity theft and fraudulent purchases. The bill was supported by the Financial and Retailers Protection Association, the Minnesota Bankers Association, and the Dakota County Sheriff. (HF 817)