Protection at the Pump: Keeping Your Information Safe
With support from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Genesee-Orleans and the surrounding counties are cracking down on credit card skimmers and those responsible. Weights & Measures officials perform random sweeps of fuel stations looking for these fraudulent devices.
What is a Skimmer?
A credit card skimmer is a device that can be hidden within the fuel pump and takes your personal information without you knowing. These devices send information to criminals who then sell your information. It may take days, weeks, or even months before your information is put to use by those looking to steal your money. A popular tactic used by these scammers is using your information to make a small purchase to confirm your card is active, then they will spend all they can in an attempt to drain your account. If you have ANY unauthorized spending on your account, immediately report this to your bank.
“Residents and visitors of our communities work hard for their money,” stated Ronald P. Mannella, Director of Weights & Measures for Genesee-Orleans County Departments of Health (GO Health). “We will do anything we can to keep people’s money and transactions safe – that’s what we are all about.”
Tools to Fight Fraud
Mobile Banking: Many banks now offer online banking along with a mobile version. This allows you to check your banking account frequently as well as setup alerts. Alerts can be created to notify you if withdrawals exceed certain amounts via email or text. Contact your bank to check if mobile banking is an option and how to get started.
Limit Your Use of Online Transactions: Unless the site is secure, the FBI recommends not giving your credit card number out online. Secure sites may have a tiny padlock icon to symbolize a higher level of security. This padlock icon does not guarantee a site is 100% secure, but may provide some assurance.
IF YOU HAVE SUSPICIOUS CREDIT CARD ACTIVITY, CONTACT YOUR BANK IMMEDIATELY!
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO A CREDIT CARD SKIMMER, CALL OUR OFFICE: 585-589-4416