Tinfoil thievery—where criminals use the foil to block satellite dish reception—is back in Michigan and Illinois, Oil Express reports.
The Michigan Petroleum Association is warning retailers of the scam, in which one person uses a bad credit card to start fueling and distracts employees, while another climbs onto the station’s rooftop to wrap the satellite dish in tinfoil. By blocking the credit-card readers, the transactions are stalled and the thieves can get away with large purchases both at the pump and inside the store, according to Oil Express.
The association says that retailers with easily accessible rooftops should be especially vigilant about checking their satellite dishes and systems. (NACS: www.nacsonline.com)