Credit card skimmers are focusing on ATMs, gas pumps

Avoiding credit card skimming devices

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Luckily, no Heartland departments have reported seeing credit card skimmers here, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

"We have not heard of any reports at this point, but it's best for consumers to be aware and safeguard their information beforehand," Joey Keys said.

Keys, regional manager of Better Business Bureau, said credit card skimming isn't something that happens often, but all type of scams normally come around this time of the year.

"What we know is that their card skimmer reader and what they can do is steal personal information like your credit card or debit card, along with your pin number," he said.

Doug Roberts works for the U.S. Secret service and has worked with skimming devices.

"A two piece skimming model fits right over where you put the card in and a light powered by cell phone batteries captures you entering you pin number," Roberts said.

So, what can you do to protect your card,

  1. Check out the ATM you're using...Make sure there is nothing that looks like it's been added on.
  2. Keep a close eye on your bank statements
  3. Use your best judgment when using credit cards in new places

"Be aware of your surroundings when you are using your debit and credit card, if there is something fishy about the equipment you're using maybe alert the business or alert authorities," Keys said.

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