Skimmers are becoming a thing here in Massachusetts. Credit card skimmers are the work of thieves who attempt to get your credit card information and in many cases are successful. There have been quite a few incidents where skimmers have been found at various locations. Some as recent as January 20th.
The most recent incident occurred at the Star Market at the Prudential Center along Huntington Avenue. In this case, law enforcement was contacted and there is no information at this time to reveal how many customers may have been affected. Since this is becoming a regular thing in Massachusetts, we wanted to give you some tips at how to avoid becoming a victim of a credit card skimmer.
First, take a quick overall glance at the credit card machine. It’s pretty easy to tell at first glance if it has been tampered with. Second, block your PIN number when using your debit card. You never know who may be watching you. Also, make sure you stay in public view and try not to use NON bank ATMs at all costs. And finally, check your bank accounts regularly. If it doesn’t get compromised, the sooner you detect fraudulent activity, the better.
There have been many credit card skimmer incidents here in Massachusetts as of late. Let’s take a look at which stores were affected so you can determine if you need to take further action.