Mt. Pleasant woman fears credit card theft at gas pump


MOUNT PLEASANT, SC — As technology evolves, it’s becoming easier for scammers to steal your financial information.


We’ve done previous investigations about gas station credit card skimmers.

It’s a device that someone can put on the machine to steal your card information.

Rebekah Auker fears that happened to her in Mt. Pleasant.

The last time she used her Exxon gas card was Wednesday, March 30. The following Tuesday, she received notification from the credit card company about recent purchases on the card.

“It was used twice Monday, April 4th, and they charged $125.00 each time,” said Auker.

She went on to explain, “They told me that they feared my card had been duplicated with a swiper or a skimmer, something like that.”

There’s no confirmation that Auker was a victim of a skimmer, but she says she’ll change her habits at all gas stations. The credit card company offered her advice:

“They told me never to use the swipe at the outside pumps ever again, and at this particular station, that’s all you can do,” said Auker.

Auker says she primarily uses a gas station close to her home that does not have a cashier or attendant.

Bankers advise consumers to be aware of certain red flags around the pump when using a credit card to pay.

“Beware of a little, plastic sleeve that’s in the slot, because that’s an indication that your card could be fraudulently used,” said Jerry Vereen, an executive at a Mt. Pleasant bank.

Consumers may also use the credit option with a card, instead of debit. That way, customers are not giving up as much financial information by entering a PIN number.

“Crooks want your information as bad as you want to keep it, so they’ll do everything they can to obtain it. So, it gets back to the fact–monitoring your accounts, be diligent about monitoring what you’re spending, where you spending, and checking your accounts,” said Vereen.

Many gas pumps also now have a security tag printed across the credit card area. If this seal is broken, it means the pump’s information may have been tampered with.

If you suspect credit card fraud, contact your credit card company, bank, and/or police to report it.

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