MANILA – Automated Teller Machine (ATM) skimming is a growing criminal activity worldwide.
Skimming is when fraudsters place electronic devices on ATMs to secretly gather information on a customer’s credit card or debit card.
How do you avoid being skimmed? The Federal Bureau of Investigation gave these tips:
• Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.
• When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
• If possible, use an ATM at an inside location (less access for criminals to install skimmers).
• Be careful of ATMs in tourist areas. They are a popular target of skimmers.
• If your card isn’t returned after the transaction or after hitting “cancel,” immediately contact the bank that issued the card.
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