Amici, I tried to check this out on Snopes but didn't find.
A friend sent me a warning that when using the credit machine at gas
pump, one needs to press CLEAR before and after pumping gas. The
contention is that if your credit card number is not "cleared", the
attendant (or whoever) can use your credit card number stored in the
machine to pump their own gas.
This is a new one on me,; thought it worth looking into.
Anyone have info/opinion on validity?
Thank you! I don't know why I couldn't find it on Snopes; I input
various key words. Oh, well. Now will have to eat **** with several
I couldn't find it on Snopes either. I found it by using a Google search.
I couldn't say whether there are a few defective pumps around that
might allow this, but on a couple of occasions, I' have pumped gas,
replaced the nozzle and then realized the the tank wasn't full, then
tried to finish filling it and it wouldn't work. Most pumps at least
close the transaction when you put the nozzle back. (If they're quick,
they could probably get a free car wash at some stations though.)
On Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:23:44 -0700 (PDT), Higgs Boson
Just hold a very powerful magnet next to the card reader. All data is
wiped clean. You can buy 5lb and larger magnets from places like
American Science Center. Or an alternative method is to fire a high
power rifle or pistol into the card slot. Works everytime.....
Now you're just talking nonsense. After investigating more fully I
discovered that the Clear button is supposed to be pressed after you
have managed to put yourself out after setting yourself on fire while
dispensing gas. That way other people know it's safe to resume
pumping gas. It's a courtesy button and not required by law.
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