Protect Yourself at the Pump!!!

As you are aware there are horrible people out there who are constantly trying to steal your credit/debit card information!  Most of us don’t usually carry cash, we tend to use our debit card for everything,so here come the criminals!

I’ve been seeing a lot of news reports about protecting yourself at the pump.   So, this is basically a summary of what I’ve seen.   It’s very EASY and FAST to install these little devices into the gas pumps.  You don’t even see them, b/c they install them on the INSIDE of the credit card computer in the pump!  It looks like this:

Credit Skimmer-from Krebs on Security  This picture can be found with an accompanying article with more details at

Apparently the thieves can obtain some universal key that opens up the gas pump here:

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As you can see this gas station actually has a security seal on it.  This is something to allow US and them to know if this pump has been tampered with.  As you can see this one says VOID- which means it HAS been tampered with.  Also if the seal is broken or cut, it’s been tampered with.

Here is an excellent news report showing how it is done, and how to avoid it!




About Amy Ewald

I’m a wife and mother of a 6-year-old daughter. I’ve worked in the IT industry as a Systems Administrator for over 17 years. I experienced my first migraine at age 11. My migraines have progressively grown in frequency and within the last 6 months, I was diagnosed with a chronic migraine. I write two blogs, one to educate everyday computer users with Tech Tips,, My other blog is dedicated to helping migraine sufferers, I also enjoy, walking, yoga, writing, reading and spending time with my family. I'm currently writing and illustrating a children's book for parents with migraines to help their children understand the problem and how they can help!

Posted on March 24, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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