Sunday, August 7, 2022

Card skimmer found at Denton gas pump

A credit card skimming device was found at a gas pump in south Denton, according to the Denton Police Department.

Investigators have not determined when the device was placed at the pump at 7-Eleven, 1610 Teasley Lane, but if you used your debit or credit card at a pump there as recently as June 25, Denton PD recommends reviewing your card statements for any suspicious or unauthorized charges.

Denton PD provided the following tips for when using a gas pump or ATM:

  • Check for tampering around the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.
  • Wiggle everything! A simple check is to grasp the card reader insert and pull. A skimmer will come off in your hand.
  • Push, twist, pull on the card reader and keyboard. ATMs that are intact will not have any loose, or jiggling parts. If parts “come off” or are loose, don’t use that particular ATM and report it to the merchant so it can be examined closer and repaired.
  • When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
  • If your card “sticks” or “catches” on the card reader, immediately cancel the transaction and contact your financial institution and local police department to report the issue.
  • Check your bank statements (frequently). If you notice fraudulent activity on your account(s), be sure to report that to your financial institution and to the police department in a timely manner.
  • Remember – if something about the ATM, gas pump, etc. doesn’t feel right – don’t use it. Report your suspicions to your local police department.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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