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For immediate release: February 18, 2014
Contact: Dan Weiller (518) 471-5300

THRUWAY AUTHORITY CALLS ON PLAZA OPERATORS TO BEEF UP
CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD SECURITY MEASURES

Following the discovery and removal of a credit and debit card ‘skimming’ device at a gasoline pump at the Sloatsburg Travel Plaza, New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Tom Madison today called on travel plaza operators across the state to increase efforts to protect the security of customers’ credit and debit card information.

A skimming device was found on one Sunoco fuel pump at the Sloatsburg facility on Feb. 11, and was immediately removed. An initial investigation indicated that the device had been in place for a short time.

“We have asked the contractors who operate our travel plazas across the state to take additional measures to protect Thruway customers from this very serious problem,” Madison said. “While investigators do not yet have details regarding how much information was collected by the device or how that information may have been used, we are alerting Thruway motorists who may have bought gas at this location and reminding them to scrutinize credit and debit card accounts for any possible fraudulent use.”

The matter remains under investigation by the New York State Police and the U.S. Secret Service.

The Thruway has 27 travel plazas, each of which is operated under contract to one of three food service providers and one of two fuel providers. Sunoco provides fuel services at 16 locations, including Sloatsburg.

The Sloatsburg Travel Plaza is located on the Thruway (I-87) northbound at mile 33, between exits 15A (Suffern Rt. 17N) and 16 (Woodbury Toll Barrier) in Rockland County.

Skimming is generally defined as the theft of credit or debit card information during an otherwise legitimate transaction.

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