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Old 07-27-2018, 01:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Harris County deputies want you to be on the lookout after credit card skimmers were discovered at multiple gas stations.
The devices were found at stations along West Little York on the northwest side.

Here is a 2 min. video posted by Texas Police how to spot such skimmers:
https://www.mystatesman.com/news/tex...meETmVnqDTn9L/

You can also try to use your own cell phone:
turn on your phone's wireless Bluetooth connection.
Check if you see a long, strange number trying to connect to your Bluetooth.
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Old 07-30-2018, 01:10 AM
 
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Apparently the Shell off FM 1463 in Katy is the national "tester" store for a new card reader. I went there to get gas and putting my card in the machine took it like a bank ATM. Freaked me out.



The manager was the one to tell me about Shell testing out the new reader after I was trying to figure out why my card was "stuck" in the machine.
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Waterworld
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I one time got my card skimmed at the Krogers in Pasadena off of Burke and Spencer and from what I have heard the south/southeast parts are hot areas for this sort of thing. Luckily my bank caught onto it pretty quickly.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I donít know why but Shell gas stations are the most notorious for this. I had my card skimmed at Shell...kept getting $85 charge increments from SHELL OIL..I donít remember which location but it was in west Houston or Katy

You might be right. According to Data Breach QuickView report, it seems that Shell Oil tops the list and 7-Eleven is right behind, Circle K Convenience Stores, Exxon Mobil, Sunoco and Marathon Petroleum Corporation round out the rest of the list.
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Old 08-03-2018, 10:46 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing that video. I think I got skimmed several years ago at a Walmart fuel pump.
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Old 08-04-2018, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Cinco Dinero
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I happen to live down the street from an Exxon, which makes it very convenient for me. But I also like it most because of the speed pass app. I can pay for gas with my phone and a passcode. I just don’t like the gas station card readers otherwise.

https://www.exxon.com/en/speedpass
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Old 08-08-2018, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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Kroger has chip readers on their gas pumps at the Gaston Road store. It's not operable yet, but you can tell that they are made for dipping due to the excessive force needed to swipe.

Chips are mainly on bank cards right now (VISA, MC, etc.) but are rare on store cards (Target being the notable one to be chip-only in the aftermath of the hacking that spurred America to transition to chip-n-dip), including gas cards. It will take some time before the stripe reader (and magnetic stripes) can disappear entirely from in-store POS and at the pump.
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Never use your debit\bank card at the pump. If you can't pay with cash you should use credit card. Easier to dispute charges.
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Old 08-08-2018, 05:20 PM
 
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Never use your debit\bank card at the pump. If you can't pay with cash you should use credit card. Easier to dispute charges.
I think that's true for just about every expense. But some people have issues controlling their spending with credit cards. So they stick to debit.
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Old 08-14-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: The Brazos River runs thru it.
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Simple go inside the store and swipe.
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