These days, Scarince said, skimmer users have a new way of turning stolen credit cards into cash. They now sometimes use your credit card information to buy gas and pack that gas into huge, hidden tanks in their vehicles. They then go on to transfer that gas into a regular tanker and make what looks like a legitimate gas delivery to a crooked gas station owner, who will pay for the gas in cash.
So how can consumers protect themselves?
DeFelippi advised checking your credit card statements. Most credit card companies will suck up any loss if you report it within 60 days.
And try not to use a debit card: A skimmer user could drain your account, leaving you high and dry until the bank pays you back."
Once at the gas station, choose a pump near the attendant. Skimmers prefer to target pumps in the shadows.
Finally, there is always the option of paying for gas inside the station.