(WFXG) - More than forty-four million Americans are expected to be on the road this week for the holiday. In the past few years, criminals have been using fake card swipe machines to steal card information and millions of dollars have been stolen from customers at gas pumps and even ATM.
Here is how it works: a device that captures your credit and debit card information is placed inside of a card reader where they are unnoticeable by customers. It is recommended that customers be careful where they swipe as well as who is hanging around watching or even think twice about how customers pay for gas. It may be worth going inside to pay at the register.
- Run your transaction as a credit card purchase because if thieves crack your debit card they will be able to access your bank account.
- Choose a fuel pump close to the store and ideally one with a security camera nearby.
- Take your time by taking a minute to examine the dispenser before inserting your card.
A good alternative is paying with cash because no card means no risk for skimming.