WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Always be sure to check the card reader at the pump before you fill up your gas tank.
Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputies found three credit card skimmers at a 7-Eleven gas station on North Farm to Market Road 620 and Great Oaks Drive near Brushy Creek.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody offered tips via Twitter to combat skimmers and keep people from getting your information.
One tip is to look for a seal on the pump, Chody says. If it’s broken, it might be compromised.
Another tip, and one that has actually been investigated by fact-checkers at PolitiFact, is to use Bluetooth on your smartphone to scan for connections. PolitiFact called this a “half-truth,” since there’s a lot of different technology skimmers can run on.
Chody said if there are a bunch of things to connect to that don’t appear to be another phone or car connection, then maybe the pump is compromised.
To be clear, those are just tips and not meant to be fool-proof ways to keep your credit card information safe at gas pumps. The one way to make sure is to prepay with the cashier inside the convenience store, and use cash.