Card Skimming is a pretty common tactic criminals use to capture electronic data like your PIN and card number from ATM, Credit, or Debit Cards when swiped. Once they have your information, new cards are created to make purchases or withdrawals without your knowledge or consent. They do this by discretely installing fake card readers to gather the information on your card—they look similar to the real thing, and you may not even notice when you swipe your card. Criminals also use a pinhole hidden camera or fake PIN pad to record the numbers you enter. Within a matter of days, they can deplete your bank account. Luckily, there are ways you can minimize the risk of falling victim to these attacks.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE MACHINES YOU USE
Even when using familiar ATMs or card readers (like at a gas station for example), always be on the lookout for signs of tampering. Regularly check for labels and security seals that have been removed or broken, loose or strange card readers at an ATM, sticky residue, or strange wires connecting the PIN pad to the base of the terminal. Also look for any tiny pinhole cameras hidden in brochure holders, donation boxes or attached to a card reader or ATM.
Hidden pinhole camera attached to an ATM.
DON’T INADVERTENTLY SHARE YOUR PASSWORD
Always cover the PIN pad with your hand when at an ATM or making a purchase to help prevent your PIN from being recorded.
MONITOR YOUR ACCOUNTS
Take a look at your Checking and Visa Credit Card accounts frequently to more quickly catch any discrepancies or unauthorized transactions. Remember, UNIFY’s eBanking is a great way to monitor your accounts anytime, anywhere. And, while you’re online, you can even Live Chat us during business hours with account questions you may have.
Keeping your financial information protected is one of our primary goals. We’re here to help should you identify something questionable on your account. Don’t hesitate to phone us at 877.254.9328.