CHICAGO -- Skimming, the practice of attaching counterfeit card readers to gasoline pumps and ATMs, is still a prevalent issue in American gas stations. And with the holidays in full swing, skimmers and other scammers are sure to be out taking advantage of unsuspecting travelers.
NACS has resources for retailers and consumers to protect themselves from skimming attacks.
NACS says consumers should be encouraged to use a personal identification number (PIN) in their transaction whenever possible, as it reduces the risk of compromise. Consumers should also be careful to use ATMs and gas pumps that are visible and well-lit, and to place reasonable limits on their daily or weekly ATM withdrawals.
For retailers, there is a wealth of tools, including the WeCare decals that mark when a pump has been tampered with, and the SkimDefend app from Arlington, Texas-based Pinnacle, which helps streamline the process of checking to see if a skimming device has been installed onto a pump.
Click through for three updates on skimming and other at-the-pump scams hitting American fuel retailers now …