Imagine that you briefly see that the helpful Pemex attendants have pumped $720 pesos of gasoline (as momentarily shown on the pump’s display) , yet now , the pump’s display now shows: $920 pesos …. the YES, they zeroed the pump out at the beginning & you verified the Zeros ( $0.00 & 0.00 Litros).
Hint: Zero’s at the beginning do not help (at all) to stop this new scam.
(Instructions on how to defeat their scam are at the bottom of this report.)
This scam works by ~abusing~ the PEMEX option of the client choosing a specific $$Peso amount of purchase versus just filling the tank to its FULL amount.
As normal … The PEMEX attendant ZEROS’s out the display …
Then, he discreetly enters a bogus-HIGH ‘pre-pumping’ Total $Peso value to pump – an operation you do not pay attention… and he starts pumping gas.
Here’s where the Second Step of the Scam enters:
Near the end of “filling your tank” … a second guy (or 3’rd guy) briefly distracts the driver … or even blocks your view of the pump-display … During that split-second the attendant clicks OFF the pump, early … For that moment, the pump BRIEFLY displays the real amount (Litros) pumped & the real $$Pesos pumped.
They distract you yet a little more, to quickly hit a button that makes the pump display show the ORIGINAL BOGUS too-high pre-pumping Total (expected) $$ value that the attendant discreetly entered at the start of the process.
The driver then sees that pre-entered too-HIGH bogus $$Peso amount on the display … and coughs up the extra cash … for gas that was never pumped.
If you catch them doing this switcheroo … INSIST that they show you the amount pumped~delivered … NOT the amount pre-ordered value … The correct value is still there, in the pump’s display system … It’s just 1 screen back from that bogus-HIGH pre-selected “Total Ordered” $$Peso value.
This latest scam is about at cute as …
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HOW TO BEAT THE SCAM?
The key is that the attendant should NOT touch the handle while it is filling. … The pump should shut-off automatically … without the attendant touching it.
We can try to watch both the display and the attendant during the delivery, but just like magicians and other cheats rely on Humans being easily distracted … It’s better to just note that the pump shut*off by itself , without any attendant touching the handle.
If you want to try to focus & watch: The Display numbers should continuously increase, running up to the expected values – and the attendant should NOT touch the handle, until it shuts off automatically.
It’s when the attendant shuts-off the pump manually (early) … and then quickly~deftly manually scrolls the display forward to instead show the “Ordered Amount” … that was never actually delivered, that they cheat us.
Interested in the other ‘old-school’ Pemex scams?
aka Pemex Gasoline: Issues?
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Feel free to copy while giving proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
Steven M. Fry
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