Officials from the Texas Department of Agriculture are asking Fort Bend County residents to stay vigilant at the pump after two credit card skimmers were found at a Richmond gas station Thursday.
Credit card skimmers are illegal card reading devices that steal data off a card without the consumer’s knowledge. A Fort Bend County deputy was dispatched to the Richmond gas station located off FM 1093 and removed the devices, according to a release from the TDA.
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The TDA offers important tips for Houston drivers to protect themselves against skimmers:
-Use pump closest to storefront, in line of sight for store personnel
-Before pumping, check for unusual bluetooth signals with ID of string of numbers and letters
-Check that security tape on pump cabinet has not been damaged. Torn tape might indicate cabinet opened without store personnel’s knowledge
-Safest bet is to pay inside with cash
-Always save the receipt and monitor your bank statements after filling up
-If you think you’ve been skimmed, contact 1-800-TELL-TDA
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