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CompareCards Survey Reveals 43 Percent of Americans Changed the Way They Pay for Gas Because of Skimming Concerns


CompareCards Survey Reveals 43 Percent of Americans Changed the Way They Pay for Gas Because of Skimming Concerns

Fifteen percent of Americans say they've been victim to card skimming at the pump

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CompareCards by LendingTree today released the findings of its survey on how Americans are reacting to the growing threat of gas skimming.

Gas skimming is a growing threat to consumers at the gas pump — so much so that it has made an impact on how Americans pay for gas, according to a survey commissioned by CompareCards of American consumers who had purchased gasoline in the last 30 days. Forty-three percent of Americans said they've changed the way they pay for gas because of skimming concerns.

"One huge driver of this phenomenon is the fact that gas station pumps don't need to be converted to accept EMV cards until October 2020," said Matt Schulz, Chief Industry Analyst for CompareCards. "That makes those pumps low-hanging fruit for fraudsters."

Key findings:

  • Fifteen percent of Americans said they've been a victim of skimming at the pump.
  • Forty-three percent of Americans said they've changed the way they pay for gas because of concerns about skimming.
  • Millennials are most likely to have changed their gas-paying habits (48 percent versus 43 percent for Gen Xers and boomers).
  • Women are slightly more likely to have changed than men (43 percent versus 48 percent).
  • Paying inside versus at the pump is the most common way (20 percent) people have changed their habits because of the risk of skimming.

The younger you are, the more likely you are to claim you've been a victim of gas skimming.

Millennials seem to be the top target of skimmers. Of the millennials surveyed, 21 percent said they've fallen victim to gas skimming, while 15 percent of Gen Xers and 8 percent of boomers said they've had their credit or debit card information stolen at gas stations.

More people opt to pay inside versus at the pump.

To avoid having their credit card information stolen at the pump again, roughly two-thirds of those who claimed to be victims said they had changed how they pay for gas.

Of the victims who changed the way they pay, 45 percent said they use credit cards more, and 39 percent said they choose to pay for gas inside the gas station more. Another 16 percent said they use cash more.

"I think that ordering is really interesting," Schulz said. "It shows that the message that 'credit cards are safer' is getting across. It also shows that people are taking this seriously and making changes when necessary."

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About LendingTree
LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) is the nation's leading online loan marketplace, empowering consumers as they comparison-shop across a full suite of loan and credit-based offerings.  LendingTree provides an online marketplace which connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, as well as an array of online tools and information to help consumers find the best loan. Since inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 65 million loan requests. LendingTree provides free monthly credit scores through My LendingTree and access to its network of over 500 lenders offering home loans, personal loans, credit cards, student loans, business loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, auto loans and more. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of LendingTree, Inc. For more information go to, dial 800-555-TREE, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @LendingTree.

About CompareCards:
CompareCards' mission is to help people make smarter, more informed, healthier financial decisions based on deeper knowledge of financial offers. Each month, over 2.9 million visitors come to CompareCards' website to independently compare credit cards side-by-side and choose a credit card based on interest rate, reward benefit, cost savings, and other factors that are important to each person. CompareCards provides easy-to-use, objective tools and educational resources that help people do everything from making credit card comparisons to managing their credit health. For more information, please visit

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