Check those bank statements, because according to one Claycordian, credit card skimming is out of control this holiday season.
Skimming is the theft of credit or debit card information that was taken during a legal transaction. Criminals use machines that are attached to other machines, mostly gas pumps, to steal your information.
Here’s information from one Claycordian who wants to warn others….
In back-to-back weeks at different locations, people who I work with have had their card information stolen and almost with in the hour someone trying to purchase items in Visalia.
Last week it happened to my Boss at Shell in Walnut Creek, and just last night to myself at a gas station in Lafayette. In talking with Chase Bank locally, they have had reports of skimmers from other gas stations in Lafayette. Another coworker experienced a similar incident a month ago at one of the discount stations on Clayton Rd. near Treat. That’s Lafayette, Walnut Creek and Concord in a short period of time affecting three people at the same company. If that’s any kind of sample, skimming is out of control this year.
Best advice is to go inside and pay. Avoid the convenience paying at the pump. I appreciate Chase declining the purchases. They knew I had just purchased gas in Lafayette so I can’t be in Best Buy in Visalia making a purchase. They promptly declined and contacted me via text message. Awesome service!
Good to hear they declined the transaction. Thanks for the warning!
Remember, check those statements, especially if you’ve purchased gas with a debit card. With so many purchases being made during the holiday season, it’s easy to miss one or two transactions.