How to spot a skimmer scanner at the ATM


YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF. TAMARA: THE RISE OF ATM SKIMMER SCANNERS MEANS, YOU HAVE TO BE MORE AWARE! 22NEWS REPORTER MATT CARON TELLS US, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SPOT THEM. MATT: THEY CAN BE TOUGH TO SEE. THEY ARE SMALL, CIRCUIT BOARD DEVICES THAT ONLY SLIGHTLY PROTRUDE FROM THE CARD SLOT. EXPERTS RECOMMEND YOU LOOK BEFORE YOU SWIPE. THE SCANNERS CAN BE AT ATM’S, GAS PUMPS, OR ANYWHERE ELSE WHERE YOU INSERT YOUR CARD. THIEVES CAN BUY THE SKIMMERS ONLINE OR READ HOW TO BUILD THEIR OWN. IT READS THE MAGNETIC STRIP TO REMOTELY ACCESS YOUR CARD INFORMATION. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU HAVE A CHIP CARD OR NOT, BECAUSE WHILE MOST POINT OF SALE MACHINES ALLOW FOR CHIP USE, THE ATM’S DON’T. COMPANIES ARE DESIGNING NEW ATM’S THAT WILL SCAN YOUR CARD WITHOUT YOU HAVING TO INSERT IT, BUT UNTIL THAT TECHNOLOGY HITS THE MARKET, YOUR EYES ARE YOUR BEST PROTECTION. IF YOU SEE ANYTHING PROTRUDING OUT FROM YOU YOU PUT THE CARD IN, JUST FIDDLE AROUND WITH IT IF YOU CAN AND MAYBE IT WILL KNOCK OFF WHATEVER IS ON THERE. THERE’S ALSO A CHANCE THAT A CAMERA COULD BE VELCROED TO THE TOP OF THE ATM. MATT: SOME OTHER HELPFUL ADVICE, COVER THE KEYPAD WHEN YOU TYPE YOUR PIN AND CHECK THE PAD ITSELF TO MAKE SURE A FAKE ONE HASN’T BEEN PUT OVER THE REAL ONE. MATT:

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