Increased trend of using Skimmers at Gas Pumps to steal Identity
[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]uesday, Adam Putnam, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Florida announced that a total of 103 skimming devices had been found over the last three months at more than 7,500 gas stations across the state.
The skimmers are placed on the outside pump machines to steal credit card information from customers. Putnam reports that skimmers have been found in large, small, old and new gas stations, “There is not a rhyme or reason to where these thieves attach these devices.” The use of skimmers at gas stations has been increasing over the last five years across the country.
“While the overall percentage of skimmers at pumps is low, one skimmer at a pump in Florida is one too many,” said Putnam. Putnam also plans to do everything in his power to protect Floridas consumers and visitors from identity theft occurring at gas pumps.
To help protect against identity theft at gas stations, the Department of Agriculture recommends paying cash inside the store so that credit card information stays safe, check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Across the country, gas station attendants are being to place security tape over the cabinet to ensure it has not been opened by unauthorized individuals. Another recommendation is to use a gas pump closer to the store if possible, the Department of Agriculture has noticed the thieves often place the skimmers at the pumps furthest away from the store so they aren’t noticed as quickly.
If you suspect your credit card number has been compromised you should immediately report it to the authority’s and the credit card company.