ATM card skimming is an ongoing problem. Thankfully, few crimes are on the scale of the recent theft of $45 million from ATM machines in 26 countries, accomplished through hacking and deletion of withdrawal limits. However, there are more and more smaller scale ATM scams impacting consumers virtually every day. These may range from hacking into financial systems to installing false card reading devices at point-of-sale terminals.
Before getting money out at the ATM or filling up your gas tank, the Better Business Bureau serving Central Florida (BBB) advises consumers to protect PIN numbers and take a minute to inspect the machine before swiping a credit or debit card.
“Identity theft is a crime that happens often without you even knowing and can affect you in many ways,” said Judy Pepper, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Florida, “Identity thieves can ruin your credit, making it difficult to get a loan for a car, mortgage or even college. It is important to protect yourself.”
To help reduce ATM skimming, the BBB offers the following tips:
If you experience or have experienced a scam, report it to your local BBB at www.bbb.org
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As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.