The Federal Trade Commission recently posted an article advising consumers to keep an eye out for card skimmers when paying for gas at the pump.
Skimmers are discrete devices which can be attached to payment terminals, allowing criminals to capture your credit card information. Once they have your information they will either sell it to another party, or use it to make purchases on their own.
Unfortunately these devices are hard to spot and tend to blend in, especially when our attention is focused on pumping gas.
By educating yourself on what to look for, however, you stand a good chance to avoid becoming a target of criminals employing this technology.
The FTC has several examples posted on their website of what to look for. They also advise:
- Look for a seal (sticker) on the gas pump. If the seal is broken or appears to have been tampered with, use a different pump and alert an attendant.
- Check to see if the card reader at your pump looks different than the readers at other pumps. If it does, move to a different pump and let an attendant know.
- Keep a close eye on your credit card statements. Be sure to report any fraudulent charges to your bank or card issuer.
Click here to read the full article on the FTC’s website.