How to Spot a Credit Card Skimmer at Gas Pumps and Avoid Getting Scammed

Gas prices, which are at an all-time high. But a lack of cheap gas isn't the only issue you might face when filling your tank. A gas pump skimmer can do a real number on your bank account.

Gas-station fraud commonly occurs with the use of skimmers, small devices that thieves place on or above the card readers at gas pumps to copy and steal your credit card information. 

One of the best ways to avoid being a victim of a gas pump card skimmer is to take the extra few minutes to pay inside.

What are credit card skimmers?

Credit card–skimming devices are installed on point-of-sale terminals, allowing thieves to take information off your card when you swipe it.

What does a credit card skimmer look like?

Credit card skimmers can be tough to spot, as they often look like regular card readers.

How do I know if my gas pump has a skimmer?

Look at machines near you and compare card-reading slots and keypads, if they don't look the same, some credit cards may be equipped with skimmers.

Whenever possible, choose the pump closest to the building. They're closest to employees and the least likely to have been tampered with.

Avoid using a debit card if possible, use it as a credit card so you don't have to enter your PIN. Credit purchases have delays for payments and often offer zero fraud liability.