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Act 283 Amended Sec. 28f(1) Security Measures Final Revised 2-1-23
Effective January 1, 2023
Changes to the Weights and Measures Law
Regarding Fuel Pump Security Measures
Credit card skimming is a type of electronic fraud in which small devices, commonly known as skimmers, are used to steal consumer credit or debit card information. How does it work? When a card is swiped through a credit card reader connected to a skimmer, like when you are paying at the pump, the device captures the information contained in the card's magnetic strip for thieves to use later.
Did you know that approximately 650,000 to 750,000 purchases of gasoline products alone are conducted with the use of credit or debit cards per day in Michigan? Since 2015, 143 skimmers have been found in Michigan preventing millions of dollars of electronic fraud.
Fuel pumps will be required to include additional security measures aimed at preventing fraud; pressure-sensitive security tape alone is no longer allowed. The security measure requirement applies to all establishments dispensing motor fuel for commercial sale that allows the customer to purchase their fuel at the pump. Each device with a card reader shall include a security measure to restrict unauthorized access. The security measure shall include one or more of the following:
|Security tape that is intact||Security tape that has been compromised|
• A system rendering the device inoperable if the panel were opened without proper authorization.
• Encrypting the card reader for authenticated chip-card transactions.
• A unique lock and key/combination, to replace the manufacturer-supplied standard lock which has a universal key.
• Any other measure approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
If an operator receives a notice of noncompliance, the firm will be issued orders to correct. If the violations are not corrected within five days after receipt of the notice, MDARD will prohibit the use of the pump until a properly functioning security measure has been installed and verified.
Questions? Contact MDARD’s Weights and Measures Program at 517-655-8202.