So you’re at an ATM or a gas pump you’re not familiar with. Before you insert your card, check for these things:
- Gently pull on the card swipe. Card skimmers will usually pull off.
- Look for loose-fitting number pads. Some thieves attach a fake PIN pad to the ATM so they can steal your PIN.
- Look for pinhole cameras near the number pad. Other thieves will attach a video camera to the pump or ATM so they can steal your PIN that way.
If you find any of these things or anything else suspicious, even if it’s at a place you’ve always gone to, don’t insert your card – call the police immediately!