ATM skimming device stealing Dallas resident's credit card info

Your credit card number can be stolen right at the ATM - it's called ATM skimming.  Although most are unaware of this, ATM skimming is a growing issue, especially in areas that have 24/7 access to ATMs. Before ATM maintenance was outsourced to third parties, banks were primarily responsible for the security of their ATMs, meaning they were better maintained and safer for the ATM user. Nowadays, ATM skimmers can simply walk up to an unmonitored ATM and install skimming software which steals the ATM user’s card information and then wirelessly sends that information to the hacker.

According to an article written by Star-Telegram, a man in Burleson, Texas attached a green, circular card-reading skimming device to the outside of an ATM machine at a bank and positioned a camera above the PIN pad. When you slide your card, you’re sliding it past the hacker’s card reader and the camera captures you punching in your personal identification numbers. The man in Burleson was also found to have a battery-powered memory device to store card numbers.

The most common place that compromised ATM machines are found is in hospitals. This is likely because it would be easy for a skimmer to go unnoticed while attaching a device while staff members pay more attention to emergency situations. Although the number of skimming incidents seem to be increasing, you can take steps to protect yourself from this type of theft by using ATM machines within bank buildings or by shielding the keypad when entering your PIN. Also, avoid machines that appear to be scratched or have evidence of glue or adhesive near the slot where you insert your card.

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