Video: ATM skimmers are so successful because they’re nearly impossible to catch. They’re cheap and easy to make and just slide onto anything you might use to swipe a card, stealing your information in the process.
Watch where you put your card. The ATM security organisation EAST has published a new report pointing out that the use of so-called Throat Inlay Skimming devices — which are hidden within the card slot — is rising.
You might think that the best way to fight card skimmers would be hunt them down and destroy them. But police in California have been leaving the skimmers right where they are — after they have fitted GPS trackers to them, that is.