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High Tech Crooks at the Gas Pump

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:18 am

You might want to rethink using plastic to pay at the gas station. Plastic is certainly an easy way to pay for fuel, but it’s also an easy way for crooks to skim money from unsuspecting customers. Metro Moore County Sheriff ’s detectives are investigating a Bluetooth Credit Card Skimmer found in a fuel pump in Lynchburg. The device means that criminals receive the stolen card data through a Bluetooth connection to a nearby computer. Crooks have been employing Bluetooth to steal money at gas stations for several years. There is no way to know how long the device found in the local pump was installed or how much thieves skimmed from unsuspecting consumers. Metro Moore County Detective Shane Taylor reports there are precautions customers can take to keep your accounts safe.

• Pay inside the gas station in cash when possible

• Check the gas pump cabinet to make sure it’s closed and that the security tape or sticker hasn’t been tampered with. If the seal is broken report it to the store clerks, and avoid using a card at that pump.

• Use a pump closer to the front of the store. Skimmers often are placed at pumps farthest away from the store clerk.

• Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Most credit cards have better protection against most types of fraud. Plus, debit cards immediately withdraw money from your account. If you do use a debit card, choose to run it as a credit card so you don’t have to enter your PIN. If you think your credit card number may have been stolen or otherwise compromised, report it to your credit card company, banking institution, and local Law Enforcement Agencies