How to Spot a Credit Card Skimmer at Gas Pumps and Avoid Getting Scammed

By Andrew Sanders | May 1, 2024

Spotting credit card skimmer

As gas prices soar to unprecedented levels, drivers are vigilant not only about the financial impact but also the looming threat of gas pump skimmers. 

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These fraudulent devices, known for compromising credit card information, are commonly placed by thieves on or near card readers at gas pumps and ATMs. Mitigating the risk of falling victim to gas pump skimmers often involves opting to pay inside the gas station, a precautionary measure that demands a few extra minutes. 

Deceptive devices

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Credit card skimmers are deceptive devices attached to point-of-sale terminals, enabling criminals to extract card information during transactions. These skimmers operate by capturing data from the magnetic stripe of your credit card as you swipe it.