Date Posted: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

High-tech tools called “skimmers” that allow thieves to steal your credit card information are still popping up across the country.

NBC Nightly News recently ran a story about how the use of credit card skimmers at gas stations, and ATMs is exploding

DFI this past summer also released an alert regarding ATM skimming devices showing up across Washington.

ATM skimming machines are devices that read your debit and credit card information when you swipe them. A camera may also be installed nearby to capture your PIN, giving thieves everything they need to access your account.

How to Protect Yourself

  • Notice Your Surroundings
    Walk away from an ATM that looks suspicious or if you notice someone watching you. Report it to the ATM operator or nearby law enforcement.
  • Cover Your PIN
    When entering your PIN, stand close to the machine and try to make it difficult for a person or camera to see you typing in your PIN.
  • Review Your Account Statements
    Regularly review your account statements and report unauthorized withdrawals or purchases right away to your bank or credit card company.

What An ATM Skimmer Looks Like

What a skimming device looks like.

Skimming device installed on ATM machine.

Camera installed to capture your PIN.

What camera looks like to ATM customer.