How your cell phone can potentially detect a credit card skimmer

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN/WKRN) — As law enforcement agencies continue to come across credit card skimmers at gas station pumps, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner released a short video with some new tips on how you can avoid becoming an identity theft victim.

One tip requires you to pull out your cell phone. According to the state agency, most of the credit card skimmers have Bluetooth technology.

When you’re next to the pump, try connecting to Bluetooth, and if you see “a long string of numbers trying to connect… then that’s probably not good,” says Sid Miller.

The other tips include checking the sticker on the pump to see if it has been tampered with and well as jiggling the credit card slot.

If your credit card has been compromised, report it to your bank or card issuer. Federal law limits your liability if your credit, ATM, or debit card is lost or stolen, but your liability may depend on how quickly you report the loss or theft. Click here for more information.

If you think you see a scam, talk with someone and report it to FTC.

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