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KnowBe4 Security Tips - Protect Yourself Against Card Skimmers
With the convenience and seemingly secure
way of paying at the gas station pump and using drive-up ATMs,
cybercriminals are now targeting these locations. They are using this
technology called Card Skimmers to read and record your card information in
a matter of seconds. With each Card Skimmer being able to hold details on
about 80 cards, protecting yourself at gas station pumps and ATMs should be
a priority now more than ever.
How Does It Work?
Card Skimmers are physical devices that cyber criminals attach to the
credit card reader. The card skimmer then reads the magnetic strip on the
card to gather your full name, the card number and the expiration date.
Once the skimmer reads your card information, the cybercriminals can then
sell your information or use it to gain access to your bank account. These
skimmers are designed to fit tightly over the real card reader at the gas
station and ATM making them undetectable if you don’t know what to look
How To Avoid Card
To protect yourself against the
cybercriminals that are using Card Skimmers, follow these helpful tips:
with cash. Paying with cash will completely eliminate the risk of
coming in contact with a Card Skimmer.
and pull the card reader. If it doesn’t seem right, pay inside and
inside. Paying inside of the gas station or going into the bank will
reduce the risk of coming in contact with a Card Skimmer since it is
less likely that the card readers inside have been tampered with.
mobile payment options if they are available. Use options like Google
or Apple Pay to eliminate having to use your card.
a Skimmer Scanner app. These apps, which are available on both the App
Store and Google Play, will warn you about where Card Skimmers are
located in the area.
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