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 for.

How To Avoid Card Skimmers?

To protect yourself against the cybercriminals that are using Card Skimmers, follow these helpful tips:

  • Pay with cash. Paying with cash will completely eliminate the risk of coming in contact with a Card Skimmer.
  • Shake and pull the card reader. If it doesn’t seem right, pay inside and report it.
  • Go 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.
  • Use mobile payment options if they are available. Use options like Google or Apple Pay to eliminate having to use your card.
  • Download 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.

 Stop Look Think - Don't be fooled

The KnowBe4 Security Team


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