There have been lots of warnings about “skimming” machines on gas pumps that steal credit card information when you choose the option of paying outside.
In fact, Albuquerque police recently arrested one man and said they were looking for others involved in a sophisticated skimming operation that tapped into gas station ATMs around the city.
Now, a reader says he believes he was the victim of a skimming device attached to an air pump that accepted credit card payments for inflating tires. These kind of pumps are often located on the edge of a gas station’s parking area, where there isn’t much traffic and where they’re out of view of an indoor clerk.
Avoid getting ripped off in this way by checking to see if there are signs that the card reader has been disturbed and noticing whether your card sticks a bit in the slot. If you are at all uncertain about the reader’s integrity, pay inside.
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