ATM “Skimming” Targets Crown Heights



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    ATM “Skimming” Targets Crown Heights

    Due to a rise in ATM “skimming,” identity theft and credit card fraud have become threats that customers face regularly. The NYPD recently offered some helpful tips to avoid being “skimmed” in a post on Twitter • Full Story

    Due to a rise in ATM “skimming,” identity theft and credit card fraud have become threats that customers face regularly.

    The NYPD recently offered some helpful tips to avoid being “skimmed” in a post on Twitter.

    “Help protect yourself against Identity Theft and credit card fraud,” the post said with the hashtags #safety #IdentityTheft and #fraud.

    Because ATM skimmers are usually undetectable by the users, here are the tips for how to avoid being skimmed:

    1. Inspect the bank ATM, grocery store ATM, gas pump, or any card reader before using it. Be suspicious of anything loose, crooked, damaged, or that has adhesive/tape residue. Original card readers are usually concave in shape (curving inward), while skimmers are more convex (curving outward).
    2. Use your free hand to block the keypad when entering the PIN number. This will prevent any possibly hidden camera from recording the number.
    3. Be aware of “money trapping.” This is when a criminal attaches a device to the cash dispenser that traps the cash and prevents the customer from retrieving their money.
    4. Be wary of ATMs in tourist locations because they are often the target of skimmers.



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