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Old 11-02-2006, 08:54 PM
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Gas Pump Hack

I was at the gas station the other day and I think I discovered a flaw in the credit card readers.

As usuall, I slide my card into the machine to pay, then the pump asks for my zip code. I just hit "enter" without entering my home zip code and started pumping fuel!

Isn't this something that is supposed to prevent unauthorized use of your credit card? I've done this at several different chains of stations with the same result.

I don't know if this is a SoCal thing or just a HUGE problem with the pay-at-pump system. Give it a try and let me know what happens.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:29 AM
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Ok, I will just as soon as you send me your card!
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Old 11-03-2006, 02:06 AM
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We don't have to enter a zip code in The Old Dominion
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Old 11-03-2006, 03:33 AM
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Here we go again Odawg hacking gas pumps. lol
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Old 11-03-2006, 06:22 AM
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I have never been asked either; it may be that the oil company is doing market research. After all, if you're traveling, you're going to be in different zip codes occassionally.
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:35 AM
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It seems to me that if it's not the government that needs to know your whereabouts, then marketers need to know. They need to zero in on your buying habits and creat various demorgaphics. They're not happy just to advertise and sell products. Now they need know who you are and where you are. Look at the spam we all get these days.

Anytime I send an email to company X asking a legitimet question I add on the bottom of my email. "Please no spam and do not sell me email address"
Paranoid? No It's just there're too many companies that sell you IP to various companies and we get the spam.
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I have never been asked to give any info at the pump. Must be a California thing.
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did somebody say that there's a pass around card on this forum?? i'll try the card if sent to me
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Old 11-04-2006, 12:25 AM
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I guess it's a California thing. Although, the first time I was asked for a zip code was in New Mexico.

And if you're looking for my PIN/Password it's "internet edit"


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Old 11-04-2006, 07:24 AM
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I've been asked the zipcode in California many times and also somewhere around here but can't remember where (maybe Florida).
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Old 11-04-2006, 10:58 AM
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awww, my cleaverly disguised PIN joke was edited. (sorry Danny)

Anyway, maybe asking for your zip is just a marketing tool and not for security.
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:43 AM
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Been asked to enter a ZIP at many Walmarts and a few gas stations in New England. Think it's for marketing and not security. I always enter the ZIP 99501 for Anchorage which is 1000's of mile from where I live.
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