TYLER - Card skimming devices continue to be a prevalent fraud scheme around Tyler, and police are urging caution while fueling up at gas stations around town.
A group of suspects, believed to be from out of town, are hiding electronic devices inside gas pumps around the area. These card skimmers capture credit card data that is then duplicated and used by the suspects. According to a press release, the suspects are using a universal key to get into the pumps.
Tyler Police encourage the following tips to help prevent becoming a fraud victim:
- Always check your credit or debit card statement for any fraudulent charges.
- If you detect a fraudulent charge, contact your local law enforcement agency and notify your credit card company immediately.
- Pay with cash or go inside to pay with a credit card. Use a gas pump closest to the view of a gas station employee.
- Look for a seal decal around the casing of the pump door to see if it has been tampered with or broken.
- Report any suspicious activity if you should observe a person with a gas pump door open that is not an employee. If you see something suspicious, look for a license plate, record it and contact police. Take a photo is possible.
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