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News from State Senator Steve Cassano

December 22, 2016

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Room 2200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Beware of Gas Pump Thieves

gas pumpThe Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is warning motorists that it has seen the number of "skimming-related" incidents at gas station pumps nearly double this year compared to 2015.

A skimmer is a device that can be affixed to the mouth of an ATM or any credit-card reading device (like the one on a gas pump) and secretly read and record credit and debit card information.

Consumers should stay extra conscious of their surroundings at the pump during this time of heightened holiday travel.

Here's what you can do:

  • Make sure the seal on each gas pump isn't broken or tampered with. If it is, that indicates that someone not authorized to inspect a gas pump has tampered with it. The gas pump 'seal' is usually a piece of red tape emblazoned with a barcode and affixed to the edge of a small metal access door on either the front or the side of the gas pump.
  • If you see a pump that you believe may have been tampered with--don't use it. You should report that pump's issue to the gas station attendant.
  • Use your credit card or pay by cash. If you pay by cash, you won't fall victim to a skimming attack. If you use your credit card, you will be able to recover your funds more easily, and keep money in your bank account.
  • Pay inside. Paying inside reduces your risk of falling victim to a skimming attack significantly because it's much harder for fraudsters to place a skimmer indoors near the cash register. If you must pay outside, pick the pump closest to the building or security camera.

If consumers have questions for DCP, or need to file a complaint related to gasoline, they can visit the Food and Standards Division online, call 860-713-6160, or fill out a complaint form online. 


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