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State officials advise vigilance against gas pump skimmers

Kasia Gregorczyk
March 20, 2017 06:09 PM

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture confirmed last month's skimmer scare at the pumps resulted in three gas stations' credit machines being compromised. A representative for the department said the problem has been taken care of, but consumers should still beware.

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“There’s always going to be a chance for skimmers to be there. I don’t believe it's completely taken care of,” said NMDA division director Joe Gomez.

Even though every gas pump in the state of New Mexico is checked annually, there are plenty of things people can do to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. For those not going to pay inside using cash, the safest method, Gomez said to try this.

“Use a credit card instead of a debit card because credit cards have better fraud protection and the money is not deducted immediately from an account,” he said

Another thing to keep an eye out for is small pieces of tape popping up at some stations. They're used to ensure machines haven’t been tampered with from the inside.

Albuquerque police have an idea of who may have been responsible for the skimmers and say it's possible they could have installed the devices at various locations across the state. The department is expecting to make an announcement sometime this week on the progress of their criminal investigation into these scammers.

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