Card shimming could be the new card skimming

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You’ve probably heard of ‘skimming’ where thieves use a small device to steal credit card information from a credit or debit card transaction.

Now, officials are warning the public to look out for ‘shimming.’ It’s very similar to skimming, but this technique targets the card’s chip.  The crooks put a ‘shim’ which is a paper thin device into the credit card slot and that device copies your credit card information.

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While it is hard to detect with your eyes, there are ways to avoid getting your information stolen.  Captain Michael Brumley with Biloxi PD said, “If you put your chip card in, if it feels difficult or it feels overly tight, or if it bumps something and you have to wiggle to get your card in all the way, I would go ahead and question the actual device because it could have something inserted in there which is a tool for shimming. It does capture the data from the chip and they can use that data to reproduce a magnetic card.”

Officials also suggest using a credit card instead of a debit card when paying for items at a card reader that way your funds are not taken away immediately and you have time to dispute any fraudulent charges.

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Kristen comes to News 25 from the chilly Midwest. She spent the last year and a half as an anchor and reporter in northern Michigan, but calls Columbus, Ohio her home. Kristen Graduated from Kent State University in 2017. During her time at Kent she worked at TV2 the student run news station and had the opportunity to travel the country covering the most recent presidential election. During her free time Kristen loves volunteering at local animal shelters and hanging out with her husband Avery. If you see Kristen out and about don’t be afraid to say “hello!” She loves to chat with new people and has never met a stranger.

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