Texas Department of Agriculture

Card skimmer found in northeast Austin gas pump

July 13, 2018 - 1:29 pm
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Officials say a credit card skimmer was found Friday at a northeast Austin gas station.

Texas Department of Agriculture officials say the skimmer was found at the Minimax Food Mart at 1033 East Howard Lane on the city's northeast side. Officials say the device was found in pump #4.

Law enforcement was called to remove the device.

TDA offers the following tips if you're paying at the pump with a credit card:

  • 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; this might be an indication of a skimmer
  • Check that security tape on pump cabinet has not been damaged. Torn tape might indicate cabinet opened without store personnel's knowlege
  • 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 at a gas pump anywhere in the state of Texas, you can contact TDA at 1-800-TELL-TDA. The agency will send an inspector to check things out. If you notice fraudulent charges on your account, contact your financial institution immediately.

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