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Protect Against Skimming

12/21/2021

Protect Yourself From Skimming

What is skimming?

Skimming is the practice of fraudsters placing a popular tool called a skimmer over a legitimate card reader to steal your credit and debit card information. Scammers often put skimmers on public and easily accessible card readers at places such as gas stations or ATMs. When you swipe your card through the skimmer, the scammer gains access to your credit and debit card information.

 

How can I protect myself?

There are many ways that you can protect yourself from card skimmers.

  • Mobile Pay - use Google Pay, Samsung Pay, or Apple Pay to pay with your phone instead of swiping your card.
  • Pay Inside - when paying at the pump, it is safer to pay inside where the card reader is less likely to have been compromised.
  • Insert Your Chip - EMV chip readers typically make it more difficult for scammers to skim your card data. 
  • Pay With Cash - the best way to avoid having your card compromised is to pay with cash when you are warry of the card reader.

What happens if I fall victim to skimming?

Please notify the credit union as soon as possible that your card has been compromised by calling 207-623-3857 in Augusta or 207-872-2636 in Winslow.



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