More than 30 US cities have reported skimmer thefts in the last three months.
Tacoma, Washington. – The next time you look at your monthly payment statement, look out for any unfamiliar payments.
Investigators see more card skimmers: Devices that can steal your banking information from a credit or debit card.
“It slides right through the top and you can barely tell they’re even there,” said Sergeant Darren Moss of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Thieves throw those card skimmers in all types of businesses, including gas stations and grocery stores.
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“It captures the information that’s on that magnetic strip,” said TrustedSec consultant Alex Hamerstone.
Over the past three months, more than 30 US cities skimmer theft reports. Moss says a lot more goes unnoticed.
“They don’t get found often,” Moss said. “Again, the thieves will put them there, maybe they will leave them for a couple of days, for one night or for a week, and then they will come and take them away.”
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Skimmers have been around for a while, but thieves are getting smarter.
“In the old days, they were often very recognizable,” Hamerstone said. “They were clumsy, they looked like they didn’t belong. But often, now that they are inside the card reader, they are inside the slot. And so they are really almost impossible to see.”
There are a few things people can do to get themselves less vulnerable for skimmer thefts.
“Enter the store and use the vending machine instead, because there is always a salesperson at the counter.” Moss said. “It’s a lot harder for them to try and install it on the counter.
“If you avoid swiping altogether and use tap to pay, this is another way to avoid card scammers.”
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