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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release 1-29-14

How to avoid being Skimmed

- Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it…be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.

- When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.

- If possible, use an ATM at an inside location (less access for criminals to install skimmers).

- Be careful of ATMs in tourist areas…they are a popular target of skimmers

ATMs aren’t the only target of skimmers—we’ve also seen it at gas pumps and other point-of-sale locations where customers swipe their cards and enter their PIN.


Anonymous said...

Also remember, when you are dining out and you give your credit card or debit card to someone and wait for them to return it, hand held skimmers are very cheap!

Anonymous said...

While I AM worried about this most credit card companies will quickly deal with any unauthorized charges as long as you pay attention to your bill before you pay it. Stop using your debit card. Stop buying into the idea that the convenience it affords is worth the risk of having your money stolen from you. Istead use cash you go to the bank and personally pick up.

Anonymous said...

12:48 So carry cash and get robbed?