Secret Service warns of increase in ATM skimming - KMOV.com

Secret Service warns of increase in ATM skimming

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The Secret Service is warning St. Louis-area residents about an increase in the amount of ATM skimming.

Skimming is a crime in which a device is place in an ATM or card reader allowing someone to steal credit information. The Secret Service recently recovered skimmers from ATMs across the St. Louis area and said it is hard for someone to tell that a skimmer has been placed in an ATM or card reader.

“Affixed to the front of the ATM, typically using two sided tape, then epoxy, as a shell where you put your card into,” said Doug Roberts with the Secret Service.

Estimates show skimming costs consumers around $3.4 billion per year. Roberts told News 4 skimming devices cost from $1,200 to $1,500 and take a certain amount of expertise. The device is essentially a small pin hole camera that records someone punching in their ATM pin number.

Some skimmers record card numbers and then store them, while other skimming devices record the number and then transmit it to somebody nearby.

Authorities recommend consumers carefully check monthly card statements. If you see a transactions you do not recognize, contact authorities immediately.

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