5 Red Flags of a Gas Pump ‘Skimmer’


The next time you make a stop at a gas station, look beyond the price per gallon, advises Victory State Bank.  The only community-based commercial bank on Staten Island is urging consumers to be on the lookout for skimmers at the gas pump.

Skimmers are devices that steal your credit or debit card number. Thieves get this information by placing the skimmer over the credit card slot at gas pumps (and ATMs). They may also collect your PIN by attaching a video camera or another keypad over the real one to record your keystrokes.

To help protect your personal information, Victory State Bank is sharing the following advice from U.S. General Services Administration’s Consumer Action Handbook:

 Beware of a gas pump if:


§  The card reader moves or is unsteady. Tug on the card slot to check if it moves.


§  The card reader looks differently than those at the other pumps.


§  The keypad feels strange, thicker, or isn’t secure.


§  The edges of the card reader unit look like someone tried to pry it open or the lock is broken.


§  The security seal over the front panel of the gas pump is broken.


Prevent gas skimmer fraud by paying with the gas station attendant instead of at the pump. If the card reader seems suspicious, report it to the gas station attendant.

If you have been a victim of credit or debit card fraud, alert your card issuer.




VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island, including the main office in the community of Great Kills and branches in West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.

A planned sixth branch, to be situated in Meiers Corners, has received both regulatory and building department approvals.

For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100, or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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