Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Most people these days are aware of getting loyalty points which are used to lower the cost of gas. That’s great if you have a car and buy gas. Loyalty points do nothing for a person who uses public transportation. I sometimes borrow a car for things I can’t carry on a city bus. Before I return the car I use my loyalty points to put gas back into it.
Have you ever forgotten your loyalty card at the gas pump and used your phone number instead? Using your phone number makes it convenient for you doesn’t it? Well using a phone number also makes it very convenient for thieves to steal your points. Thieves are using random phone numbers to buy gas using someone else’s points.
Almost every phone number has some type of loyalty points these days. If the phone number they choose doesn’t work the thieves simply change to another random phone number. Or if they know a family that buys lots of groceries and the family’s phone number they will use that. Sometimes the thieves get lucky and use a random number with lots of points. Even just a few points is a bargain for the thief because they aren’t out any money to earn the points.
I know several people who have had their points stolen. I’ve had it happen to me. I was putting gas back into a car I was returning when I found out my points had already been used. But I knew I hadn’t used them. I blamed the machine and I blamed the card. When I was home again I called the customer service who apparently have cameras on the gas pumps. The person told me what the thief looked like, what location the points were used, and the day & time. I didn’t know the thief and I was not getting gas at that time. I was at a baby shower at that time. Nope, wasn’t me or anyone I knew. The customer service put the points back for me and gave me an extra 15 days to use them.
Anyway, I wanted you to be aware how easily fuel points can be taken.