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New research says consumers worry about using credit cards at gas pumps but still prefer plastic over cash when paying for a fill-up. A study of 1,270 adults by YouGov and ACI Worldwide found that 62 percent of adults are worried about financial data security when paying at the pump. Mobile apps aren’t the solution, with only 7 percent saying they prefer to pay that way.

Still, debit/credit cards are the preferred method — with 55 percent opting for that. Only 21 percent prefer cash.

In the grocery aisle, digital payments also lag behind; only 19 percent of customers shop at stores that offer digital payment and 18 percent at stores with a self-managed mobile app or scanning option.

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