Drivers warned of 'disturbing' petrol station pump issue this summer

A person filling up their car with a fuel pump.

Motorists are being urged to remain 'vigilant' at the pumps.

Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 01/08/2023

- 09:25

Updated: 01/08/2023

- 10:17

Motorists are being urged to remain vigilant when filling their car up at petrol stations.

Millions of British motorists are expected to hit the roads this summer as schools break up and families head on holiday.

With the cost of living crisis still having an effect on Britons, many may skip the expensive flights in favour of staycations around the UK.

However, experts are now warning that drivers could face a nasty surprise when filling their car up at a petrol station.

Some criminals may be installing malicious devices capable of stealing personal information when the driver inserts their card into the pay-at-the-pump machine.

A woman filling her car up with fuel at a petrol station.

Motorists are advised to check the pay-at-the-pump payment machine before refuelling.


Skimmers can often be found on cash machines, with criminals looking to obtain details from the debit cards.

While many may assume that they are restricted to ATMs, they can also be found at pay-at-the-pump machines at petrol stations across the UK.

Many petrol stations, especially those without attendants, may be particularly vulnerable to these crimes.

In the event that a driver falls victim to having their details skimmed, the criminals could use their details to buy expensive items or even sell them online.

When refuelling, motorists can avoid any nasty surprises by checking the terminal for any obvious signs of tampering.

This can include the keypad being a different colour than the rest of the machine or if the keypad is loose.

If a driver finds this to be the case, they are advised to avoid using that machine and refuelling at another pump.

Mike Thompson, Chief Operating Officer at Leasing Options, commented on the risk, saying that drivers should keep an eye out.

He added: “Scammers have shown a disturbing ability to exploit situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the prevailing cost of living crisis.

“As we approach the summer season, it is unfortunate but not surprising that opportunists will attempt to take advantage of the increased number of people hitting the roads.

“By staying vigilant and familiarising themselves with common warning signs, motorists can safeguard themselves against falling prey to these unscrupulous schemes.”

A Sainsbury's petrol station displaying the fuel prices.

Supermarkets often have cheaper fuel prices than the UK average.


For those out on the road this week, motorists can expect stagnating prices with both petrol and diesel prices around £1.45 on average.

Extra savings can be found at supermarkets with savings of around 3p per litre, with petrol at 141.33p and diesel at 142.75p.

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