Thursday, September 05, 2013

Credit card skimming at gas pumps seems to explode as a problem on the road

ABC News is reporting on a large increase of “skimming” at credit card readers at gas station pumps, news story here. This was reported on the “Lookout” show from ABC Nightline Sept. 4 and on World News Tonight.

The problem has gotten so pervasive that some security experts recommend paying inside.  It is impossible to tell by inspection if a skimmer has been placed in a gas station card reader. 

I personally have not encountered any unauthorized charges (except from cards stolen in a street snatch at the DC Metro) since 1995!
   
It is also safer to use credit cards, where unauthorized charges are easier to reverse, than debit cards.

Indoor reading machines, where a clerk is present, should be safer.  

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