Debit and Credit Card Skimming - December 22, 2016

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Debit and Credit Card Skimming is on the Rise

FICO Card Alert Service sees changing patterns as criminals take quick-hit approach; non-bank terminals are main targets [source:FICO]

When it comes to protecting your identity and personal information, you can never be too careful. Thieves are placing realistic looking overlays on top of actual card readers so that when you swipe your card, both the skimming device and merchant terminal are reading your card information. They often use hidden cameras, laptops, or cell phones to record the PIN. The criminals usually leave the devices on the machines for short periods of time and then pry the device off and use the recorded information to create fake debit or credit cards, withdrawing thousands of dollars from accounts. You are vulnerable wherever you use your debit or credit cards. UVA Community Credit Union members are not liable for fraudulent transactions on their accounts.

How Do You Protect Yourself?

  • Inspect the card reader before inserting your card. Since skimmers are usually only on the machines for a matter of hours, they are often loosely attached. If there are loose parts, scratches, or something doesn’t seem right, DO NOT use the machine. Contact the financial institution right away, as well as law enforcement.
  • Cover the keypad as you enter your personal information number and complete your transaction.
  • Use a familiar ATM so you’ll be more likely to notice if something looks unusual. Thieves are less likely to attach the skimmers to card readers where there is a lot of traffic since someone might notice them altering the machine. Watch out for areas frequented by tourists since they are often targets of this scam.
  • Monitor your account. View online statements on a frequent basis and report any suspicious activity immediately. Continue to monitor your statements on an ongoing basis.
  • Keep your contact information up-to-date so that we may contact you if we identify any suspicious activity on your account.

While we can’t prevent criminals from attacking innocent people, we can be diligent and observant. Know that UVA Community Credit Union is dedicated to the safety of our members and the protection of their personal and financial information. If you think your card has been compromised call us immediately at 434-964-2001 option 5 during business hours. After hours or on weekends dial 800-991-4965 to cancel your card.

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