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BBB News: ATM & Gas Pump Skimming On The Rise

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Card skimming is a crime that involves the, 'skimming' or stealing of information implanted in your card's magnetic strip. This is accomplished when a criminal attaches a device at the mouth of a card-acceptance slot that records the data on your card as you slide it in. The criminal returns to the ATM or gas pump at a later time to collect the device containing all of the stolen account information.

According to a recent article in Shop Smart Magazine, this scam is becoming even more sophisticated. The article quotes Brian Krebs, a computer security expert who says that criminals no longer have to return in person to collect the device and that the information can be sent to them wirelessly via text message.

Paying for gas using a card and using ATMs are such common transactions. With this crime increasing and becoming more refined, consumers need to be very cautious when making these transactions and extremely vigilant of their accounts.

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