In light of increased number of “Credit and Debit Card” skimming devices, here are some tips to help people avoid having their card information stolen:
- Some gas stations are now applying a tamper-proof seal across the opening of the credit/debit card door. When the door is broken into, the sticker is lifted, revealing the word void on the sticker
- Police advise users to look for “tamper proof” tape or some other type of security instrument placed on the door or over the lock. This type of security device is used to ensure the door to the pump has not been opened inappropriately. If the tape is torn, missing or marked “void” go into the gas station, alert the attendant and use the card reader inside the store.
- Notify the local police.
- Avoid pumps farthest from the attendant’s view or pay inside.
- ATM Users are advised to pay attention to the card reader used to open the ATM kiosk and the ATM itself.
- Check for some obvious signs of tampering at the top of the ATM, near the speakers, the side of the screen, the card reader, or the keyboard.
- If anything looks different or out of place, do not use the machine and notify the bank or local police.
- Monitor your bank and credit card accounts regularly to spot unauthorized charges or cash withdrawals and report them immediately.
For extra fraud protection, download the free CardValet mobile app which offers real time alerts to keep you informed when your card is used or declined.