Shell keeps chip and Pin on red light

Shell has yet to reinstate its chip and Pin card payment system at its petrol stations following the exposure of a £1m fraud.

Shell has yet to reinstate its chip and Pin card payment system at its petrol stations following the exposure of a £1m fraud.

The fraud was made public at the beginning of May, after eight people were arrested for a scam using modified chip and Pin payment terminals.

Although the chip system was not compromised, experts believe the hybrid keypads, which also read the information held on a card’s magnetic strip, were tampered with to commit the crime. This could have allowed card data to be copied and the Pin captured.

After the fraud was uncovered, Shell suspended its chip and Pin payment system as a precaution. Last week a spokeswoman said the system would be re-introduced “as soon as is safe to do so”.

A spokesman for Apacs, the banks payment organisation responsible for the introduction of the multi-billion pound chip and pin system, said the organisation expected to reveal further progress on the police investigation this week.

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