3 card skimmers found in pumps at 7-Eleven in west Austin


Card skimmer in gas pump (Image from the Texas Department of Agriculture)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three credit card skimmers were discovered at a 7-Eleven gas station in west Austin, according to a release from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

On Monday, an inspector found the skimmers in pumps numbered 2, 3 and 4 at the 7-Eleven at 2620 Lake Austin Boulevard. Austin police responded to the scene and removed the skimmers.

Officials have suggestions for people to avoid becoming victims of a credit card skimmer :

Image from Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Use the pump closest to the storefront, in line of sight for store personnel
  • Before pumping, check for unusual Bluetooth signals with an ID of strings of numbers and letters as that might be a skimmer
  • Check that the security tape on the pump cabinet has not been damaged
  • Pay inside with cash
  • Always save your receipt and monitor your bank statements

If you think you’re a victim of a credit card skimmer, contact 1-800-TELL-DA. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller also created a video to show people how they can protect themselves from scammers.

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