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Apr 03

Monthly Tip - Watch for Card Skimming

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. by Brea Police Department PIO

Card skimming is the unauthorized copying of electronic data from your debit card or credit card. Thieves use hidden equipment, such as pin-hole cameras and card reading devices to obtain your PIN and card data. The stolen data is then encoded onto a counterfeit card, which is used to withdraw funds or make purchases without your knowledge.

This type of crime can occur anywhere, but most commonly occurs at gas stations and ATM machines. Gas pump and ATM machines can be easily tampered with since they are not monitored 24/7. Thieves place devices that resemble the actual equipment on the machine in order to read your card you use it.

Some quick prevention tips:

  • Use ATM machines that are inside the bank or business and visible and open to the public.
  • Check your bank records and statements often and look for unusual or unauthorized activity.
  • Report any lost or stolen cards IMMEDIATELY.
  • Always keep your cards in your sight. If the sales clerk moves to a different register, accompany them.
  • Pay attention to the number of times your card is swiped and make sure that any transaction that is not the actual sale is voided.
  • Consider using the credit option as opposed to entering your PIN.
  • Do not accept "assistance" from a Good Samaritan at an ATM. If the machine does not properly work, move on!

If you see anything or anyone suspicious near an ATM machine, call the police!


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