Millions of people buy gas every day and for some, it can lead to stolen credit card information.
Credit card skimming schemes can happen anywhere credit cards are used, but gas pumps are the most common because they’re easily accessible and not always closely watched.
A skimmer is when a device is placed over a card reader and used to copy credit card information.
The device looks identical to the card reader, so most people don’t know anything is wrong until they check their statements. Sergeant Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department said the best way to avoid falling victim to the scam is by checking before you swipe.
“If it looks like it’s been tampered with, or you can grab it and shake it, and if it moves, it’s something that has been put over the actual device,” Sergeant Murphy said.
Even with precautions taken, you may still find yourself in this situation. If you do, you’ll need to act fast.
“I would contact your bank first and foremost so they can stop these charges from reoccurring,” said Sergeant Murphy. “Then I would contact the police department to let them know what happened and where it happened and all the financial information so we can follow up on it.”