Focus at Four: Texas Agriculture Commissioner's war on credit card skimmers

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Credit card skimmers continue to be a problem at gas pumps across the state.

So much so, that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is taking a more active stance on fighting back against criminals that try to steal your information.

Recently, the Brazos Valley has seen several credit card skimming cases.

In Burleson County, investigators say a maintenance worker found credit card skimmer devices at some fuel pumps back in February.

In August 2016, one was found at the Exxon on FM 2818 and Villa Maria in Bryan.

Last summer, in Madisonville...several skimmers were found while gas station owners conducted routine checks.
The first was found at the Shell Station on East Main Street.
Two devices were found at the Exxon Station also on East Main Street.

Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture recently released a video on Facebook that shows different ways that Texans can tell if a card skimmer has been installed at the gas pump you're using.

Miller joined us on First News at Four to talk about ways to protect yourself against criminals.

"Stay in view of the clerk, check your Bluetooth on your phone, never use a credit card and try to use cash on the inside," Miller said. "This will all help you keep from having your credit card information stolen."

Miller says the Texas Department of Agriculture is the consumer protection agency for Texas, and that their mission is to put an end to skimmers and thieves that use them.

"In Texas, we don't tolerate cattle rustlers, horse thieves or cheats," Commissioner Miller said. "At the Texas Department of Agriculture, we're going to do everything we can to protect law-abiding Texans' personal information at the gas pump."

Miller says if Texans have any problems, they should call the Texas Department of Agriculture's phone number listed on gas pumps all across Texas.

That number is (800) TELL-TDA.

You can also visit the TDA's website.
We have that in the Related Links section on this story.