SAN LEANDRO (KRON) — Police in the East Bay are warning people about the dangers of credit card skimmers.
Those are the small devices that can be used to steal credit card information.
The San Leandro Police Department tweeted out a warning.
The skimmers can be molded to match card slots on the ATMs. Thieves then use these devices to steal credit card and ATM information from unsuspecting victims.
Credit card skimmers are not a new problem. They are usually found attached to ATMs, gas pumps, and card readers inside stores.
Just this past fall, Safeway discovered skimmers on card readers at two stores in the East Bay.
But no personal information was lost in that case.
Police recommend that before using a card at an ATM or gas pump, check the card slot. Pull or tug on it to see if anything is loose or if it has been tampered with.
They also recommend covering the keypad when you enter any personal information, like pin codes.
You can also check to see if there are any small unusual holes in the machine where a thief may have hidden a camera. They also advise using a credit card instead of an ATM card to avoid entering pin information.
And finally if you’re unsure about the security of an ATM or card reader, don’t use it
ATM Skimmers molded to match ATM scanners. Pull on scanner before use to make sure it hasn’t been tampered with. pic.twitter.com/TEYngzvbA0
— San Leandro PD (@SanLeandroPD) January 7, 2016