Memorial Day Credit Card Skimmer Warning 

Memorial Day Credit Card Skimmer Warning 

 

New Credit Card Skimmers found inside card readers at gas pumps at many 7-11 stores 

 

Look for the red tag on the pumps or go into the store to pay. Some 7-11 stores have installed temporary locks on pumps until permanent locks arrive. 

 Fraud Facts

Florida is number one in the country for crimes related to fraud, mainly because dozens of people are being targeted at the pumps by skimmers a day.  

This year alone, 561 skimmers have been found at gas stations in the State. Due to this growing number of skimmers, State Leaders are making fraud prevention a priority. 

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is pushing gas stations in Florida to install encryption readers by November of 2020. The encryption readers will scramble your cards information so that your number can’t be grabbed by another device to steal your information.  

Tuesday, the Lee County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the Fuel Pump Security Ordinance. Both Charlotte County and The Cities of Cape Coral and Punta Gorda have ordinances in place already to protect you at the pump.

Five Tips to Fight Fraud

Here are five tips for consumers to avoid credit card fraud by gas pump skimmers, listed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: 

  • Avoid using pumps that are open or unlocked, have had the tamper-evident security tape cut or removed, or otherwise appear unusual.  
  • Use a credit card – not a debit card: If a credit card number is skimmed, you’re protected by the card issuer’s zero-liability policy – but a stolen debit card number could be far more damaging.  
  • Pay inside, with cash or credit, instead of at the pump 
  • Choose gas pumps closest to a physical building: Don’t use gas pumps out of the attendant’s line of sight, such as those around a corner or behind a building. 
  • Check your card statements and sign up for fraud alerts 

 

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Credit Card Skimmers at Local Gas Stations

Credit Card Skimmers at Local Gas Stations

You should always be very cautious when using your debit card.  Be familiar with situations where card skimmers have been tampered with to access your secure information.  We also need to be more aware of card readers when paying at the pump for gas. Here’s why.

There are some valuable tips:

  • Make sure the card reader isn’t loose. That’s a dead giveaway it’s been tampered with.
  • Look for the taped security seal around the card reader.
  • Most Importantly …… use a credit card.  Don’t give someone access to your funds with a debit card.

If something looks suspicious bring it to the attention of the business immediately. Their reputation is at stake and they don’t want to scare off customers because of skimmers.