AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller posted a video of tips to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft at the gas station pump.
While many were widely known tips and tricks, Miller shared a little-known fact about the utility of a smartphone to combat identity theft.
Here is Miller’s list of tips:
1.) Avoid pumps out of sight of an employee of a gas station
Gas pumps out of sight of an employee are more susceptible to handling.
2.) Use a credit card
Miller suggests using a credit card on a debit card when it is at the pump. In case your identity is stolen, thieves can delete your bank account if you use a debit card.
3.) Get a receipt
If your identity is stolen, you can reduce the place where your identity was stolen with your receipt. In addition, Miller said that if you get a bad fuel that damages your car, the gas station insurance company can pay the repair bill if you can present a receipt.
4.) Look for signs of alteration
Miller advises people to grab the credit card reader to see if it is loose and, if it is loose, to inform the employee. Miller also said that many pumps will have seals to identify tampering. If the seal on the “cabinet” of the pump is broken, you must inform the employee of the gas station.
5.) Use your phone
Many credit card readers use Bluetooth technology. Before using the pump, Miller said he should open the Bluetooth settings on his phone and see if there are any devices that have names that are a long string of numbers.