13 people have been indicted for using skimmers, a Bluetooth-enabled technology that reads and transmits your credit card data, to steal over $2 million in a one-year period. Although all of these were found in gas stations in: Texas, Georgia and South Carolina we now know that the technology is out there and it could happen here.
What can you do to protect yourself? Although it is nearly impossible to tell if a skimmer has been installed we recommend wiggling the card reader if it is loose use another pump. Another option is to always pay inside and not at the pump. We also recommend that you monitor your bank accounts if you are using a debit card or your credit card statements closely. This way you can report any suspicious activity as soon as it happens.