If you haven't heard of Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices before, you definitely need to read this article. These devices are being used to steal card information. A recent scam resulted in cyber criminals making off with more than $2 million. Skimming devices are typically installed inside gas pumps or fixed to ATM’s so that they aren’t detectable by the victims using the machines. By installing Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices, the cyber criminals are making their lives easier – the devices never have to be physically removed, because all of the data can be accessed remotely. In a recent case in New York City, the cyber criminals did just that. Thirteen individuals have been arrested for stealing bank and credit card information using blue-tooth enabled skimming devices at gas stations.
So what can you do to avoid credit card skimmers? Here are a few quick tips:
- Take a look at the card reader and the PIN pad – does it look normal? Check for anything that looks like it’s been attached or doesn’t match the rest of the machine.
- Avoid using your PIN at a gas station, you never know who could be watching. Ideally you would only enter your billing ZIP code to verify your purchase.
- Monitor your accounts. It’s so easy these days, simply log on to your bank account from your home computer or laptop and proof your purchases from each day.
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