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Follow these simple tips to avoid card ‘skimming’ scams at the pump

Using good judgement could potentially save you from getting your information and money stolen at the gas pump.

Melanie McGovern with the Better Business Bureau said there’s been an increase in card skimming at the pump, according to WROC.

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McGovern said skimmers have built-in internet connection that allows bad actors to steal your card information. Gas stations may be unaware a pump has been compromised before an unwitting customer inserts their card.

If the card reader looks different, perhaps bulkier than usual, it’s worth notifying a gas station attendee. McGovern said it’s wise to keep an eye out for suspicious charges to your bank account. Putting a fraud alert on your credit report may also be helpful. She also suggests using credit instead of debit at the pump because credit cards have greater fraud protection.



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