SCAM ALERT: Credit card skimmer spotted at San Marcos gas station off I-35


The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted last week at a gas station in San Marcos.

The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered July 6 on pump No. 12 at the Exxon on the corner of Wonder World Drive and the Interstate 35 North frontage road, the department said in a statement Thursday.

“Local law enforcement removed the device and requested a delay in our notification of the public in order to facilitate identifying and apprehending the suspect,” department officials said.

The department urges the public to follow these tips if you want to avoid becoming a victim of a gas pump skimmer:

  • Use the pump closest to storefront so that you are in the line of sight of store personnel.
  • Before pumping, check for Bluetooth signals that might indicate a skimmer is present.
  • Make sure the security tape on the gas pump cabinet has not been torn. Damaged tape might indicate that the cabinet was opened without the store employees’ knowledge.
  • The safest way to pay is inside with cash.

The department says it looks for illegal credit card skimmers when it routinely inspects more than 400,000 fuel pumps statewide.


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