If you were a recent victim of the credit card skimmers at gas pumps, you may be wondering how to get your money back, and quick.
Local law enforcement agencies are asking people to check the pumps before entering your credit card to pay.
Experts say these skimmer scams have been around for years, but just recently they are seeing an increase in the people being scammed by them in our area.
They say if you do have to purchase gas with a card, to with a credit card versus a debit card.
“If you use a credit card, you haven’t paid for it, they’re going to send you a bill for that payment. If you use a debit card, it comes out of your account when you use that cars, so even if you prove it’s fraudulent, it can take several days, to a week, to get them to put that money back into your account. You can certainly go through the dispute process and get it back, it’s just you wont have use of that money during that time frame and that can be catastrophic for someone who runs tight on their money,” said Julie Wheeler, Better Business Bureau.
Experts say the best way to avoid card scams is to pay with cash.