How to Spot and Avoid Card Skimmers

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Recently, there have been a few reported card skimmer incidents in the Fort Worth area. The latest one occurred in Colleyville, here is a link to an article and video to learn more about it.

What is card skimming?

Card skimming is a form of theft that occurs when a device is installed right over or even inside the card slot on a legitimate ATM, gas pump or other point-of-sale card reader. It’s designed to look like a normal part of the machine, but it will record your card number and expiration date from the magnetic strip on your debit or credit card when you insert your card.

Here are some tips to spot and avoid card skimmers:

Check for tampering – when you approach the ATM or card reader, look for signs of tampering such as loose pieces, a part that looks too big or a different color, material or graphics that don’t align correctly. Try to jiggle the card reader, if it moves, look for another ATM or gas pump.

Look for pinhole cameras – thieves hide cameras around the machine to record Personal Identification Numbers.

Feel the key pad – try to see if there is a fake overlay, making the key pad thicker or harder to press.

Trust your instincts – if something seems out of place, use another ATM or gas pump.

Keep an eye on your accounts – if you think your card was skimmed, monitor your accounts online or review your printed statements to see if there is any fraudulent activity. If there is, report it immediately to EECU or your financial institution.

  • If you need assistance with a lost or stolen EECU Credit Card, please call 1-800-442-4757.
  • If you need assistance with a lost or stolen EECU Debit Card, please call 1-800-333-9934.

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