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#151682 - 06/19/08 01:19 PM Fuel Pump Fraud
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Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 3404
Loc: USA
Received this in an email alert, today...

Some fuel station pumps are not accurately reflecting the amount of fuel consumers put into their tank. Consumers are challenged to check each pump to help stop potential rip-offs. To help, stop the pump at exactly 10 gallons and examine the dollar amount at that point. If the dollar amount is not exactly 10 times the price of the fuel grade unit cost, then the pump is rigged.
If you find a rigged pump, do the following:

    1) Finalize your purchase at the 10 gallon amount.
    2) Keep your receipt.
    3) Note the pump number.
    4) Note the grade of fuel.
    5) Note the time of day and date.
    6) IF you have a cell phone, take a photo of the pump.
    7) Note the name of the station and the location.
    8) Notify authorities.

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#151683 - 06/19/08 04:06 PM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: gims]
chatty lady Offline
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Registered: 02/24/04
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Loc: Nevada
What great info, thanks Gims. Sad state of affairs when the whole nation is suffering some skumbags have to make it even harder...
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#151684 - 06/19/08 09:07 PM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: chatty lady]
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Registered: 09/08/06
Posts: 178
Loc: Ohio the heart of it all
Thanks for that info. It's really timely and I never would have thought to whip out my phone camera to record.

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#151685 - 06/19/08 10:30 PM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: keyholes]
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Registered: 11/22/02
Posts: 1149
Loc: Ohio
A good friend of mine is a weights and measures inspector for the government -- he goes around and checks the accuracy of gas pumps. Look for the little inspection sticker. If it's up to date, most likely this isn't a problem. According to him, this kind of thing is really rare, and happens mostly with older pumps, but not because of fraud.

Other friends of mine use to operate a gas stations. Gas station owners are small business franchises. They're not the big oil companies who are making the huge profits. They only make a few cents per gallon no matter what the price is.
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#151687 - 06/20/08 05:14 PM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: ]
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Registered: 02/24/04
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Anyone watching the new TV show called Black Gold about men in Texas on the big rigs, drilling for oil. It is amazing to me to see how primitive the process is and dangerous. It also shows the huge losses when things go wrong and theres down time, and the profits these rig owners make. It shows the extreme dangerous working conditions these men face every minute of every day and tells about what they earn a year. The Worm or lowest man on the totem pole experience wise makes about $75,000 a year and the head honcho makes upwards of $100.000+. It is a grueling, filthy job. Give it as look, its interesting an can be.
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#151688 - 06/21/08 02:18 AM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: chatty lady]
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Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 3404
Loc: USA
I watched something like that, but I don't know if it was the same one. Was it a guy near Abilene as the main oilman?
Wish I owned a few of those dunking donkeys.
There's another fellow setting up a huge wind farm in Texas... we're talking acres and acres. Which I could afford one or two, myself... but the home sized model is a whopping $15k... no telling what the commercial models costs. I have been checking into solar energy. Back in the mid to late nineties, I tried to get my older brother interested in the energy source, thinking the market would grow pretty rapidly. He convinced me it wouldn't work in these parts (I guess he thought there were too many trees)... it rains so little any more, I think it would work... so I'm back to my researching.
If any of you receive "The Economist" magazine, don't forget to check out the inserted mini-magazine, covering alternative energy sources... informative read.

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#151690 - 06/22/08 10:44 AM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: ]
jabber Offline
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Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 10032
Loc: New York State
What an interesting thread. I've seen reports about drilling in The States, how they stopped that 10 years ago and are going to start again. But that'll be long range benefits and we need a quick fix, now. They said something about getting fuel out of rocks. I guess that process is long and involved, too. I loved your info gims. I'm going to check the next time I need a fill-up.

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#151691 - 06/25/08 12:46 PM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: jabber]
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Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 10032
Loc: New York State
I don't know if any of you do this, but I just read another
post, I posted. I darn near repeated myself. Sorry ladies!
I'll try to be more careful. Any of you talk with friends via a landline, and when you're done, wonder how many times you've said the same thing to the same person? Gosh, growing older isn't any fun! It's downright scary!

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#151692 - 07/01/08 09:35 AM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: jabber]
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Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 10032
Loc: New York State
Several years ago hubby made a solar panel, which warms our swimming pool. And it really works. We're able to swim many weeks before the neighbors pools are warm enough for them to use. There's a recent line of windmills, lining the eastern shore of Lake Erie. And builders around here are using insulated glass. Area folks are also buying smart cars!

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#151693 - 07/01/08 01:31 PM Re: Fuel Pump Fraud [Re: jabber]
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Registered: 06/03/08
Posts: 134
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
Gims, great info regarding fuel. Thanks!!
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