WENY News - Tompkins County Sheriff Warns of Uptick in Credit Card Skimmers

Tompkins County Sheriff Warns of Uptick in Credit Card Skimmers

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Tompkins County, N.Y. (WENY)-- The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about current credit card scams taking place at local gas stations.

     Sheriff Ken Lansing says there's been an uptick in credit card skimmers being reported at gas stations. These devices are installed on the pump and used to read the credit cad numbers and log it for use at a later date. A person can have their credit card information stolen at the gas station without even realizing it.

     Sheriff Lansing recommends the following tips to help prevent this type of credit card debt. First, smartphone users can use their Bluetooth to detect a credit card skimmer. If a long series of numbers appears on the list of recognized Bluetooth connections on your device, it is likely that there is a "skimmer" on the pump. By enabling Bluetooth you are able to pick up the signal the "skimmer" is sending. If this happens to you, alert a gas station attendant immediately. The second tip, and perhaps the safest, is to pay inside the building. 

     "It is easy to fall prey to this kind of theft; take the extra precaution and double check your surroundings with these suggestions", says Sheriff Lansing.   

     Android users have applications available to be able to detect skimmers; such as "Skimmer Scanner" by SparkX. This app uses the Bluetooth footprint to recognize if there is a "skimmer" on the gas pump.

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