ATM Card Skimmers – What You Need To Know

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Criminals have developed a new way to target ATMs all across the nation. This plan involves the use of a skimmer and a hidden camera. If you regularly use ATMs, it’s important to be aware of this scheme because it is possible that criminals could obtain your personal information. Here’s some more information on ATM schemes and the ways in which you can protect yourself from them.

Skimmers are devices that can collect information from the swipe of a bank card. It appears that now there is a two-part scam going on that involves the addition of a small camera. This camera is installed, usually alongside a skimmer, to obtain as much victim information as possible. Once the information is obtained, the criminal has easy access to your bank account and the finances contained within it. Making matters worse for civilians is the fact that the two-part system only takes a few minutes to install.

But there are steps that can be taken to protect yourself from criminals that target ATMs. First, always slightly wiggle the card when inserting it into the machine to see if it is legal. In addition, covering your hand while you enter your PIN number offers you protection against potential cameras in the area. Seeing error messages within a group of ATMs could be another potential warning sign. The most shocking fact is that there are times when criminals will intentionally surround ATM machines to get potential victims to go to their skimmer.

So what should you do to protect your business from such activities? The answer is simple – If you want to make sure you own quality ATMs contact us today and find out how we can provide you with the right ATM machine for the needs of your business.

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