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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 9:38:26 PM

On GasBuddy, there are two types of polls. Polls about fuel, fuel prices, vehicles, driving, etc. are called Opinion Polls. New Opinion Polls are created each week, and presented on the left side of the home page; members can earn 100 points each week for answering them.

Polls about the workings of this Web site are called Member Polls. The link to the Member Polls is only present when a member is logged in, but is shown at the top of every page. Member Polls are created only occasionally, when and if the admins feel the need. (No points are earned for answering Member Polls.)

If you have a suggestion for an OPINION Poll, you may post it here for the admins' consideration; please do NOT post such suggestions in the Member Polls topic.

If you have a suggestion for a MEMBER Poll, those suggestions should be posted in the Member Polls topic, and NOT here.

[Edited by: GM at 4/10/2008 11:27:57 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2015 7:11:21 AM

The risks are pretty much the same for debit or credit cards so I don't see the need to break it into two questions.

I like

Are you concerned about skimmers and identity theft when paying for fuel by credit/debit card?
- I don't pay by credit/debit card
- I'm not particularly concerned
- I'm concerned but take the risk
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2015 5:58:47 AM

Scout...what does that say about you since you tend to jump on others for their typos.

As for the skimmers I think we need to break out responses for debit vs credit as the risks and perception of risks are different.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2015 12:10:37 AM

Can we find out from management what sort of fraud the media team is interested in? They could be referring to skimmers; they could be referring to requiring that a zip code be entered when paying by credit card (to lessen the chance of credit card fraud), or to something else entirely.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 9:38:00 PM

How about this?

Are you concerned about skimmers and identity theft when paying for fuel by credit/debit card?
- I don't pay by credit/debit card
- I'm not particularly concerned
- I'm concerned but take the risk
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 9:37:16 PM

Skimmers are a huge risk to both credit and debit cards. And I was agreeing with you TxJeans.

Yup made a typo. Sorry. But you being the very intelligent person you are, TxJeans, I'm sure you understood what I posted.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 7:32:09 PM

Bugc...for the skimmer the risk is much bigger with debit cards than credit cards so i don' t think we should use/ base the question on credit cards.

We need to know what type of fraud tptb want to discuss. I suspect the skimmer issues.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 12:32:19 PM

CC asked for help along this line:
"Do your state's gas stations do enough to protect consumers from fraud or is greater protection needed?

- Yes
- No
- Not sure"

A number of folks liked this version:
Do the gas stations in your area do enough to protect consumers from fraud?

- Yes
- No, greater protection needed
- Not sure

I presume that the admins want to focus on the gas station's role.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 12:24:52 PM

For the skimmer proposal:

Are you concerned about skimmers and identity theft when paying for fuel by credit card?
- I don't pay by credit card
- I'm not particularly concerned
- I'm concerned but take the risk

This covers all situations, although additional choices could get more details.

[Edited by: bugc at 4/26/2015 12:27:09 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 8:33:00 AM

I see this question being unclear on what types of fraud?

1. Credit card fraud
2. Robbery fraud
3. Fraud from gas station (less fuel dispensed, pump price changed during filling, etc.)
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2015 12:39:44 AM

"Sure it's a two-pronged effort but unless it is mandated at some level of government, it is up to the stations to install the necessary equipment."

Scout, I was responding to Z's question and providing some current insight to what has happened in FL.

"I like bugc's cersion. "

Since you like to criticize my typing -- what is "cersion".

I am fine with bugc's version, but that doesn't mean there isn't more to it than just the station's role. The government involvement can be (not saying it should be) at various levels from mandating security strips on the pumps, special locking mechanisms, advanced training of the inspectors on what to look for, or in investigative work and in prosecution. The stations have to try to be one step ahead of the next skimmer technology.

As for NFC - skimmers are not always visible from the outside - pulling, and tugging and inspecting from the outside may not be sufficient.

What have "all" municipalities done that is "all" that they can do? Do all states have requirements for 1) security strips? 2) improved gas pump locks (not using generic type keys)? 3) video security of the pumps? .... etc.?

How much role should the stations have, vs municipalities and state regulators, and law enforcement agencies, vs the stations, vs the consumer?
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 8:47:11 PM

The problem with your question nomo, is that it doesn't allow people who do not use a credit card to answer. Secondly, what if I have no clue what a skimmer looks like?
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 7:02:18 PM

If you pay by credit card at the pump, do you check for a skimmer attached?

Yes

No

Do you pay by credit card inside at cashier to avoid being skimmed?

Do you pay cash in order to avoid any illegality?

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Nomofriggincube
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 6:58:07 PM

I think it should rely heavily upon the consumer. Skimmers may be installed by unscrupulous individuals at any time. It is the responsibility of the consumer to check the credit card machine at the pump prior to inserting it into the reader.You can pull or tug on it, and if something comes apart, you have been smart enough not to be skimmed. Otherwise, pay inside at the cashier. This would be the best way, other than paying with cash.

If you have been a victim of skimming, you are likely to have your identity compromised. I look to find the problem before it happens, rather than have to worry about it after.

I believe all municipalities have done everything they can or do everything they can to stop fraud. A lot remains on a careful consumer.

I will assist on anything you ask, CC.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 3:53:45 PM

Sure it's a two-pronged effort but unless it is mandated at some level of government, it is up to the stations to install the necessary equipment.

I like bugc's cersion.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 1:12:29 PM

It is a two pronged effort. It takes effort ofthe stations but FL just had a sweep of stations. FL Ag Commissioner just reported finding 81 skimmers. The info was then given to law enforcement. He indicated that his office continue the sweeps. He ordered the sweeps after increased reports of skimmers from the inspectors. His department is responsible for inspecting gas pumps to be sure they are dispensing the right grade and amounts.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 8:22:24 AM

I think it's up to the stations to install the necessary equipment. I don't think it's mandated by any level of government yet.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 8:02:04 AM

I'm not sure if it should be gas stations offering protection or the government offering protection.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 7:24:03 AM

Yeah it did address the Canada issue, TxJeans, but not the two (2) question issue. Sorry about that.

I like bugc's latest version.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 2:34:07 AM

Scoutmaster, an or question doesn't work well and you did not address the issue raised by go dog go regarding the two questions.

Bugc's version does and looks ok to me. Also, I think it is cleaner and simpler to use the term area rather than state/province.2
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 12:28:17 AM

Do the gas stations in your area do enough to protect consumers from fraud?

- Yes
- No, greater protection needed
- Not sure
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 9:45:11 PM

How about

Do the gas stations in your state/province do enough to protect consumers from fraud or is greater protection needed?

- Yes
- No
- Not sure
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 8:39:18 PM

I see a couple problems right away. First of all the question excludes Canadians by asking about your state. Of course that could easily remedied by writing "/province's" The second problem is a bigger problem. The question asks two questions and yet only offers one answer. It is difficult to answer the two questions with either yes or no.
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CC
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 5:29:30 PM

Funny you should mention, Nomo. Our media team just mentioned to me that they are wanting to run something very close to this for the next poll (3rd of May):

Do your state's gas stations do enough to protect consumers from fraud or is greater protection needed?

- Yes
- No
- Not sure

Any chance we could get all of your help coming up with a refined version of this for the next poll, please?

Thanks, as always.
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Nomofriggincube
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 5:06:39 PM

Skimmers found at 81 locations within our State during sweep

[Edited by: Nomofriggincube at 4/24/2015 5:08:37 PM EST]
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CC
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:31:44 AM

Entered. Thank you.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 9:21:53 AM

*** Moderator ***

Here is our question for this week. Please let us know when you get it.

Are you in favor of laws regulating what prices a service station must post on its street
signs?
• Yes
• No
• No opinion
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 9:21:29 AM

Since we cannot come with an agreement, I'm going to post a different question for this week. One that we worked on already.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 7:03:10 AM

I still like

My next major automotive expense is likely to be:
• Purchase / lease a vehicle
• New Tires
• Mechanical repairs
• Body work
• Custom work (other than body or mechanics)
• Other / N/A
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 7:03:07 AM

*** Moderator ***

Here is our question for next week. Please let us know when you get it.

My next major automotive expense is likely to be:
• Purchase / lease a vehicle
• New Tires
• Mechanical repairs
• Body work
• Customization or accessories
• Other / NA
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 1:33:46 AM

Latest looks good to me.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 12:28:29 AM

reposting:

My next major automotive expense is likely to be:
• Purchase / lease a vehicle
• New Tires
• Mechanical repairs
• Body work
• Customization or accessories
• Other / N/A
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 11:14:30 PM

I like bugc's suggested change.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 9:24:54 PM

Yeah, ziyulu, it's ready.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:28:50 PM

Oops, wrong thread...

[Edited by: mnjrfan at 4/23/2015 8:29:40 PM EST]
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 7:50:08 PM

I think
• Custom work (other than body or mechanics)
is too long. I suggest substituting
• Customization or accessories

Mechanical customization would be included here because the other mechanical work only covers repairs.

[Edited by: bugc at 4/23/2015 7:53:41 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 9:51:53 AM

Is this ready to be posted for tomorrow?

My next major automotive expense is likely to be:
• Purchase / lease a vehicle
• New Tires
• Mechanical repairs
• Body work
• Custom work (other than body or mechanics)
• Other / N/A
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 5:14:03 AM

How about

My next major automotive expense is likely to be:
• Purchase / lease a vehicle
• New Tires
• Mechanical repairs
• Body work
• Custom work (other than body or mechanics)
• Other / N/A
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 12:10:35 AM

I was trying to get away from "Purchasing a vehicle" since I expect there will be a significant number of leased vehicles. Perhaps substitute "Acquiring a vehicle".
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 12:08:32 AM

I understand that skimmers can be installed inside the pump so there is no way to see them. Maybe take the question in the direction of "Are you concerned with skimmers listening to your fuel purchase transaction?"
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 3:43:04 PM

A bit of both, the term skimmer is somewhat vague.

As an aside, I wouldn't know what to look for in a skimming device and I suspect that many folks wouldn't. After posing the question here, I made a quick search online and found several articles but no photo or adequate physical description. In fact, one article allowed as how the "skimming" is taking place wirelessly now and, in this case, there is no external device to check for.

This is a probably a very good subject for a poll and an important topic for discussion.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 2:30:31 PM

Rich, is that a question from you or a suggestion to add to the list of responses?
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 11:33:21 AM

What is a skimmer?
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 10:13:39 AM

Do you check for a skimmer prior to pumping your gas if paying by a Credit/Debit Card?
- Yes, all the time
- Yes, sometimes
- No
- N/A
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Nomofriggincube
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 10:09:04 AM

I believe my suggestion should be given some attention as well
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 8:20:14 AM

Yes, I like "purchasing a vehicle". At least now it is gramatically correct.

My next major automotive expense is likely to be:
• Purchasing a vehicle
• New Tires
• Mechanical repairs
• Body work
• Custom work (other than body or mechanics)
• Other / N/A
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mnjrfan
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 8:05:55 AM

Maybe replace 'Purchase vehicle' with 'Purchasing a vehicle'
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 7:11:41 AM

I think "Purchase vehicle" is fine all by itself.

My next major automotive expense is likely to be:
• Purchase vehicle
• New Tires
• Mechanical repairs
• Body work
• Custom work (other than body or mechanics)
• Other / N/A
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 7:03:15 AM

Either vehicle, or replace/add vehicle
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 12:36:33 AM

bugc - the reason I had suggested changing it from "New vehicle" to "Replacement vehicle" is because someone could be upgrading while not purchasing a brand-new vehicle. I wanted to include any "new to me" vehicle. However, as someone pointed out, "Replacement vehicle" doesn't cover someone who's buying their first vehicle.

For me, "New or additional vehicle" has the connotation of either a brand new vehicle or an additional vehicle being added to my fleet.

I think just saying "A vehicle" keeps it nice and simple.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 12:11:39 AM

Maybe this will help:

My next major automotive expense is likely to be:
• New or additional vehicle
• Replace Tires
• Mechanical repairs
• Body repairs
• Customization or accessories
• Other / N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 1:38:59 PM

very nice revision, z.
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