RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Credit card skimmers are a common tactic for thieves to steal your information.
Twice in the past month alone, the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office as investigated reports of credit card skimmers at gas stations.
There are some easy ways to help protect yourself and your information.
When you’re looking at the card slot, there are a couple things you can do to check it out. First, wiggle the slot around, the machine is a solid piece of equipment, so the card reader shouldn’t move.
Also, security experts say you're more like to find a skimmer at an older pump because newer pumps have horizontal card slots and a raised metallic keyboard.
Consider using a credit card instead of a debit card. Not only does that protect your PIN and your checking account, but if you are scammed, credit cards offer better fraud protection.
You can also use your smartphone to possibly find a skimming device. Turn on your phone’s Bluetooth and see if you notice suspicious signals near you. It could be coming from a skimmer.