Scam alert: New way crooks are stealing credit card info
Shimmers - the next-gen skimmers
In a recent security warning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) describes shimming as the "new skimming."
Shimmers are much smaller versions of a skimmer that fit easily inside an ATM or POS card reader's slot. They are paper-thin and card-sized devices that criminals can easily slide into any card slot discreetly.
They are also embedded with a microchip and flash storage, which allows them to directly access your card's EMV chip and intercept your information, including the card number and even the PIN.
These devices are sandwiched directly between your card's chip and an ATM or POS system's card reader (hence the nickname "shimmer").
This data is extracted at a later time when the thief returns and inserts a specially designed card that downloads the information.
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