When you stop to refuel at a gas station, you could be at the mercy of any one of a number of scams.
Some of them are opportunist and happen in seconds and others are carefully planned and ingenious, as we explain in this week’s issue.
Most of us are regular gas station visitors and we drive in and out without giving the experience a second thought.
But the fact is that each time you make a refueling pit stop, you’re potentially at risk from a gas station scam.
Hers’s how it works:
Two drivers pull up to a gas station. The men jump out and quickly swap the nozzles. One man drives away, while the other waits for an unsuspecting victim.
The victim pulls up and starts pumping gas; the conman starts his meter too and counted on the victim to not notice they’re paying for his gas.
A reported gas pump scheme in Sacramento County could have some people pumping gas only to realize that it didn’t make it into their tank.
With gas prices soaring, some are stooping to new lows to save a buck.
Surveillance video shows two drivers pull up to a fuel station at the ARCO on Watt Avenue and Blackfoot Way Sunday. The men quickly swap the nozzles, and one drives away as they wait for unsuspecting customers to pull up.
Manager Bobby Johl shared the video to spread awareness.
“It was real quick, only took a second,” Johl said, “But you can see now, the hose comes across the pump instead of on the side itself.”
He says, when the victims pulled up and started pumping gas, the suspect started his meter too and counted on the victims not to notice they were paying for his gas.
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