Here’s Why Your Credit Card Is So Vulnerable at the Gas Pump

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BestRide | Jan 17, 2017

According to the Federal Trade Commission, 19 Americans fall victims to identity thieves every minute. Javelin Strategy and Research released its 2016 Identity Fraud Study, and found that $15 billion was stolen from 13.1 million U.S. consumers in 2015.

Credit card fraud is the second most frequent means of stealing from consumers, and perpetrators are getting trickier all the time. This animated GIF shows one way that sophisticated identity thieves are jacking your credit card data from a card reader at a gas pump. We talked to an expert to figure out how it’s done, and what to look for.


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