Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 28, 2012
CreditDonkey, a credit comparison website, is warning credit card users to be vigilant when using their cards at gas stations, where fraudsters are using so-called skimming devices to steal financial information. Hard to detect by the average consumer, these small devices quickly scan credit card numbers and can store up to 1,000 numbers at a time.
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"Multiple cases have been reported in various states, putting innocent credit-card holders across the country at risk for identity theft," says Charles Tran, founder of CreditDonkey.
"While federal authorities recently scored a victory against the bad guys, we urge cardholders to remain vigilant," says Tran.
The folks at CreditDonkey share the following tips for credit card holders to protect themselves:
- Use your credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards usually offer more consumer protection.
- If something looks unusual, don’t pay at the pump. While paying at the pump is convenient, it's not the only option. Customers can go into the store to have a cashier swipe their card.
- Carefully keep an eye on credit cards. Credit card holders should make sure their card is swiped only once by a cashier and be mindful that someone working at a gas station could be colluding on a skimming ring or running a one-person scheme.
- Check credit card statements. Consumers should look at their bills often, at least once a week, for questionable charges or activity. This way they can work with their credit card company to stop further damage.
If you've been a victim, read http://www.creditdonkey.com/dispute-charge.html to learn how to dispute a credit card charge.
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