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Drivers warned of skimmers at the pumps

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State consumer advocates are urging drivers to be wary of possible information skimmers at gas pumps. (WFSB photo) State consumer advocates are urging drivers to be wary of possible information skimmers at gas pumps. (WFSB photo)
If this red seal is broken, the DCP said there's a chance the pump may have been tampered. (DCP photo) If this red seal is broken, the DCP said there's a chance the pump may have been tampered. (DCP photo)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

State consumer advocates are urging drivers to be wary of possible information skimmers at gas pumps.

Department of Consumer Protection commissioner Johnathan Harris, along with inspectors from the Food and Standards Division of the DCP, hosted an inspection demonstration.

Harris said the holiday season is a busy travel time on Connecticut roads.

He said consumers already have a lot to think about and with a recent spike in skimming attacks, the DCP wanted to make sure that consumers have the information they need to protect their money.

"We've had about 30 incidents this year that we've been involved in," Harris said. "Last year it was probably about half of that. So that's just the tip of the ice burg. Those are only the ones that we know about."

Harris did his demonstration at an All Town gas station in Pleasant Valley Road in Manchester.

He said if red strips of tape, sometimes with a bar code on it, over key holes are broken on the pumps, don't use the pump. He asked drives to go inside the gas station and report it to the attendant.

"If you see the seal broken or don't see a seal, there's a higher chance that someone has tried to tamper with that pump and tried to put a skimmer into the machine," Harris said.

Harris also recommended paying inside and using cash or a traditional credit card that doesn't pull funds from a bank account.

Consumers are also urged to regularly check their credit card statements.

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