Millions of Americans are expected to travel in the coming days, giving criminals plenty of opportunities to fill out their own nefarious wish list.
According to the Better Business Bureau, there were nearly 2,500 reports of travel-related scams in the U.S. in 2017, including gas skimming operations, something that continues to be seen here in the Coastal Bend.
Skimmers are illegal card readers attached to gas pumps that take data from a card’s magnetic stripe. Criminals use the stolen data by either selling your information or using it to buy things online.
Identity thieves typically tamper with card readers in one of two ways:
The BBB suggests taking a few extra steps to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of this crime:
Inspect the credit card reader.
Protect your PIN.
Monitor your statements.
Got a question for the BBB? Contact Regional Director Kelly Trevino at email@example.com.
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