It’s hard to imagine you’d ever be at risk for identity theft when you rarely let your credit card out of your sight. Yet, somehow the bad guys can still get your credit card information.
As it turns out, many credit card thieves could be getting your credit card information by using a special device called a credit card skimmer.
A credit card skimmer is a portable capture device that works by attaching to the front of a legitimate card scanner. When an unsuspecting driver swipes their credit card to purchase gas at the pump, the skimmer passively records their card data.
It’s not just gas pumps, either. Credit card thieves use credit card skimmers at ATMs and other self-service terminals.
Credit card skimmers have become cheaper in recent years, but they’ve also become more sophisticated. For instance, some skimmers will use a miniature camera to record you typing in your pin while using a magnetic reader to get your card information.
Luckily, there are a few ways you can fight back against credit card skimmers whether you’re at the gas pump or convenience store.
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