Card Skimmer Found On Gas Pump In Arlington

Steven Pickering
November 30, 2018 - 6:35 am
Skimmer Found On Arlington Gas Pump

Credit: Texas Department of Agriculture

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - Inspectors from the Texas Department of Agriculture have found a credit card skimmer on a gas pump in Arlington.

Inspectors had been summoned to the Valero store on  Pioneer Parkway at Park Springs Boulevard because of a complaint. They found the skimmer attached to one of the pumps. They removed it and notified Arlington police.

"A skimmer is an illegal device that's put inside a fuel pump to steal consumer data when they fill up at the pump," said Mark Loeffler, Communications Director Texas Department of Agriculture. The devices can copy a credit or debit card's information when it's used at the pump.

The Texas Department of Agriculture has oversight of gasoline pumps in Texas, including inspections that can reveal skimmers. The department has set up a hotline for potential skimming victims to call with complaints or questions. That number is 1-800-TELL-TDA.

The department has also issued a list of suggestions for customers to reduce their risk of getting skimmed. "Be aware of your surroundings when you're filling up. Try to fill up at the pump closest to the teller," said Loeffler. "If you're going to use a credit card, always check the machine and make sure it's in good condition - there's nothing loose, no broken seals."

Customers can also use their cell phones to check for any suspicious Bluetooth signals that a skimmer could be using to relay the information it captures. Loeffler says another way to further reduce the risk of having credit or debit card information stolen is to pay with cash inside the store.