What is a card skimmer?
Are RFID chips secure from card skimmers?
Just as credit card technology advances, card skimmers are getting smarter. Skimmers now can activate the RFID chip to gather information. With that said, obtaining the information from the RFID chip alone may not be enough. However, when using a card reader skimmer, like in an ATM, they can access the RFID chip, magnetic strip, and using a camera in the card reader to read the CVC code, scammers can get all the information they need to start making fraudulent purchases on your account.
If there is a card skimmer device, will my credit or debit card still be read by the original machine?
These skimmers are designed to sit just above or before the original manufacturer’s card scanner. So your transaction will still go through normally, which is ideal for scammers. By completing a transaction, a scammer can get the information from the magnetic strip, the RFID chip, the CVC security code on the back of your card, and the PIN number for your card.
How can I tell if there are skimming devices?
1. Check the area where you swipe or insert your card for any adhesive or extra plastic. You can do this by tugging and squeezing the card cover or swiper. The plastic should not be able to move, bend, or shift. A man at a 7-11 in Seaford, NY was able to identify a card skimming device using this method.
2. Check the number pad-does the pad feel flush the machine? Note any “layers” or appearance of an additional number pad on top of the original. Also look under the number pad covers for any cameras or devices facing the number pad. Look carefully-the camera lens can be as small as a screw. Always assume someone is watching you when you complete a transaction: cover your hands as you enter your pin number in case there is a camera.
3. Swipe or Insert the card yourself whenever possible. If an employee needs to swipe your card, watch them carefully for any suspicious behavior. Employees could potentially swipe your card on their own device, or have a skimmer on the register machine.