Gas Pump Skimmers: Have you noticed a red tape/seal similar to the one in this picture at your gas station pumps? This is a simple sticker across the top of the card reader covering a key slot. If the sticker is torn, it’s a warning to users and indicates an unauthorized person has tried to open it.
This photograph was captured by a friend right after he pumped gas at a gas station in St. Louis, MO. Big mistake. Inserting your card at the payment point is not a good move if you see tampering on the seal.
Just the other day, NACS reported that approximately 39 million Americans fill-up every day, and fuel dispensers have become one of many targets for thieves looking to steal credit and debit card information by “skimming,” an aggressive tactic used to illegally obtain consumer card data for fraudulent purposes.
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