Card skimmers: what to look for at the pump

Bank card skimmers were recently found in gas pumps in Rains County. For the full story, pick up this week’s edition (May 23, 2017) of the Rains County Leader! Here are photos from a Google search of various skimmers and ways to protect yourself!

This is one example of a skimmer found inside of a gas pump. Look for sealing tape over the card swiping compartment at each pump. If it has been tampered with, do not swipe your card!

This is an example of a camera set up by thieves to watch people as they type in their pin number. Cover the keyboard as you type and if the keyboard feels hard to press, be wary. Experts say a special pad may have been placed over the pad to detect pin numbers as well!

Examples of tape that are already being used by gas stations and may appear at more gas stations in the near future. Note the untampered seal on top, once it has been tampered with, the words “void” appear in white. Not all sealing tape may show “void” but it should be evident if it has been tampered with by anyone!

Cover any keyboards you use to type in your pin number or zip code!

An example of what a skimmer placed on the outside may look like.

Another example of what a skimmer placed on the outside of a card swiper/holder at an atm or gas pump may look like.

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