Taken at the pump

Taken at the pump

By Karen Stiles. CREATED Sep 10, 2013

MILWAUKEE - If you use a credit or debit card to pay for gas, watch out - you could be at risk of getting ripped off.

Paying for gas with a debit or credit card can be quick and convenient. But, before you gas up and go, you may want to take a few precautions to avoid getting taken. Here is what you need to pay attention to:

Before inserting your card at the pump, watch out for card readers that may look odd or look like they have been tampered with. Though not common, criminals have been known to insert skimming devices into card readers that can be used to steal personal information from credit or debit cards.

Whether paying at the pump or in the station, make sure to get a receipt, and check it over to be sure that the amount charged on the receipt matches the amount charged at the pump. Though most attendants are honest, there have been cases of unscrupulous attendants who pocket money by swiping a card more than once to pay for gas or other items that were previously paid by cash. Also compare these receipts with your bank statements to be sure that everything has been posted correctly.

If you notice a problem, bring it to the attention of management, police, and your bank or credit card issuer immediately. If you do not report an error or fraudulent activity in a timely manner, you could be on the hook for the charges.