ATM skimmers are still a thing– stay vigilant
There was a time when news stories about skimmers at banks, gas stations, and stores were all the rage. And then coverage dropped out of the headlines. But out of sight does not mean out of crime. Sahar Chmais reports:
Tens of Hays County residents have reported credit card information theft in gas stations across the county to the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch.Some residents even reported having their information stolen on multiple occasions. As it has become a common issue for residents, what can be done to fix it?Many of the incidents were recent, according to the reports, with thefts at Poco Loco, Shell, Q-Way, Stripes, 7-11, Texaco and more. But much of the action falls into the hands of the consumer to fix or avoid the issue.
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While reminding consumers to stay alert at the pumps and to look for signs of tampering is helpful, the owners of gas stations need to be vigilant and check their pumps regularly and routinely for signs of tampering or signs that cameras have been installed. We cannot put all the responsibility on consumers for this. Yes, using a credit card vs. a debit card will give you more protection, but do you really want to have to replace your credit card if you have it linked to so many auto-pays each month?