Getting gas in North Texas? Be careful, a credit card skimmer was found on a local pump

A device known as a credit card skimmer has been found on a gas pump in Arlington.

A state inspector found the device Thursday at pump, #3 at the 303 Food Mart at 3939 W. Pioneer Parkway, in Arlington, according to an alert sent out by the Texas Agriculture Department.

The “TDA inspector performed a complaint inspection for a possible skimmer and found 1 skimmer on pump #3,” the alert stated. “Local Police Dept was dispatched to the location.”

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller offers several suggestions to Texans when filling up vehicles with gasoline.

Look for any damage to the credit card reader, or see if it’s loose.

Check to see if the security tape on the pump cabinet has been disturbed or damaged.

If there are any problems, report them to the clerk at the store.

When possible, use your credit card — or pay inside with cash — instead of using your debit card. That will keep your bank account as safe as possible.

Save your receipt and keep an eye on your bank statements.

Anyone with questions about skimmers or problems can call the Agriculture Department at 1-800-TELL-TDA.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.