The Better Business Bureau is advising consumers to be extremely cautious when traveling this holiday season.
Over the last several years gas pump card skimmers have been used to steal people's credit card information. The BBB explains that the crooks have gotten smart and are now using Bluetooth technology to obtain the data so they don't have to return to the pump.
Gas stations are aware of this issue and are taking steps to prevent it from happening, but you should still be careful. The Better Business Bureau offers these tips to avoid being a victim at the pump:
Give it a wiggle – Skimming devices are often false panels attached to the credit card reader – where you swipe your card. Inspect debit and credit terminals closely. If anything looks damaged or unusual, give it a wiggle. Also watch out for new or suspiciously placed cameras and unusual signage. Don’t hesitate to walk away and if something doesn’t feel right.
Pay inside or pay with cash – Paying inside at gas stations reduces your risk of credit card fraud greatly, and paying with cash is an even safer approach.See something, say something – If you notice any suspicious activity (especially someone who is not a station employee or an inspector who is opening up a pump), alert the station attendant.Keep an eye on your statements – The most vigilant person can still fall victim to skimming, and it’s important to always keep a close eye on your accounts – particularly the itemized breakdown of monthly charges – so that you can report any suspicious activity on your account.
If you think your information has been stolen you should visit identitytheft.gov
to report your case and create a recovery plan immediately.