How to avoid being skimmed while paying for gas
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.