How to protect yourself from a credit card skimmer

Posted: 7:50 AM, Sep 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-22 07:51:21-04

The state may require extra steps to protect customers from credit card skimmers. While the technological protection would help there are some things you can do to protect yourself.

If you use a credit card to pay for gas, look for a sticker on the door of the pump. If it's broken, tell an employee and do not use that pump. 

Managers at the Marathon gas station in Okemos tell it's it quite difficult to tell if a skimmer has been placed inside of a pump. 

In older pumps the process is rather quick. In new pumps, like what you'll see at the Marathon gas station, it's more difficult to tamper with the reader. 

"We always have people out on the drives helping customers, so our pumps are never left alone," said Chris Parrish, Marathon gas station owner. "Everyday we open up all the pumps and check in the back to see if anything has been tampered with."

In general, pumps that face the inside of the gas station are less likely to be tampered with. It's also a good idea to monitor your bank statements for any fraudulent activity.

Whether you're at a gas station or an ATM, it's always a good idea to shield the key pad when entering in your pin.