Every penny counts at the gas pump. In our Memorial Day version of Better Call Jackson, we look at the efforts of the Franklin County Auditor’s office to make sure you are getting what you pay for and look into the battle against thieves who use skimmers to steal personal information.
With prices already hovering around the three-dollar per gallon mark, it’s impossible to say how many dollars are lost at the gas pump when con artists illegally install ‘skimmers.’ It’s also hard to tell when one has been installed.
“If it’s on a pump, it will be back here. So, unfortunately as a consumer, you’re not gonna be able to see it from the outside at all,” says, Corey Schwartz from the Weights and Measures Division of the Franklin County Auditor’s Office.
If motorists notice a broken sticker on the credit card reader or something unusual, they should approach the station management.
“I would either advise the consumer to first talk with the manager if they can get the issue resolved or just move to the next pump or pay cash inside,” says Schwartz.
Thieves are more sophisticated and Franklin County Auditor, Clarence Mingo says crooks could be stealing your information while sitting hundreds of feet away.
“They’ve figured out a way to access the pump, attach a device to it and sometimes through digital means steal your credit card or debit card information, right out of the air,” says Mingo.
Gas stations have until the year 2020 to upgrade to a more secure card reader, where thieves cannot attach a device on the outside.
The Weights and Measures Division from the auditor’s office is also responsible for the pump accuracy at every service station in the county. If you notice an irregularity, you can contact them at 614- 525-3200.