Card skimming continues to become a growing problem with the card industry. Skimmers are small devices installed by criminals on fuel pumps and other devices to steal information from credit and debit cards. The rate of skimming occurrences have been on the rise nationally. Recently, articles have been published in Florida stating, that since 2015 Florida authorities have found over 2,800 skimming devices, and in the first half of 2019 authorities have found 259 skimming devices. This is a nation-wide concern, and there are a few simple ways to help prevent becoming a victim to card skimming.
Pay closer attention at the pump: Pumps should have an anti-tampering security tape, if this is cut or looks unusual, report it and use a different pump. In general look for any signs that look like the card portion has been unlocked or may have been tampered with.
Use a credit card as opposed to debit: For personal use, use credit rather than debit, credit cards have better protection against any fraud or theft.
Check your statement: Get in the habit of monitoring for out of the ordinary transactions to spot any issues as fast as possible.