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CCPD officers share advice on how drivers can protect themselves against hackers at the gas pump

CCPD officers share advice on how drivers can protect themselves against hackers at the gas pump
Posted at 10:40 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 23:39:59-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It happens more often than you think and that is people falling victim to credit card skimmers at the pump.

The Corpus Christi Police Department are warning drivers to be vigilant while filling-up and provide some good tips for you to follow.

If you're not careful, hackers could get ahold of your personal information.

For some people, it just might happen when you least expect it and that's why officers say it’s best to stay alert before it's too late.

Edward Del Fierro says he was pumping gas at the Stripes on the intersection of Holly and Airline and noticed that something wasn't right.

After he finished filling up his tank, he saw that the safety strip on the gas pump he was using was broken.

Del Fierro told the Stripes workers right away.

“It sucks that you have to keep an eye on everything nowadays, but you have to do it.

He then checked his bank account, he spent $55 to fill-up his truck but then a couple of days later he noticed a suspicious transaction of nearly $90.

Edward says his bank could not trace the domain.

Officers say hackers have become very creative when it comes to scams.

Police advise drivers to pay inside, use cash, or even gift cards so that way others can not touch your bank account.

“Nowadays crooks are getting so sophisticated that they're using Bluetooth devices not just the ones you put on the outside with the slot overlay gas pump,” says CCPD Financial Detective Ramiro Torres.

Del Fierro says he’s glad that he caught the transaction right away and hopes this will help others to stay alert.

Our Action 10 news team reached out to Stripes for comment and so far, we have not heard back.

Police also advise that if you feel a pump has been tampered with to let officers know as soon as possible.