Oshkosh Police Warn Citizens of Card Skimmers
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CREATED Apr. 18, 2013
OSHKOSH, WI- Oshkosh Police are telling people to be careful the next time you use your ATM card.
Three people were ripped off yesterday after unauthorized transactions on their bank accounts after using their cards at a local ATM.
The Federal Trade Commission says people lose on average a billion dollars every year to a-t-m fraud. The Better Business Bureau says card reading devices are becoming more popular among scammers.
"Always on my guard."
Donna Marie Hasenfus of Oshkosh was recently a victim of an internet scam. Now she has to worry about card skimming devices. Something she says is very unfortunate for consumers.
"Some people live paycheck to paycheck and it's very sad," says Hasenfus.
Skimming devices are attached to the bank card slot of an ATM and can read your card and pin number.
"When a person puts their card in, it actually reads the magnetic strip off the back," says Officer Joseph Nichols of the Oshkosh Police Department.
Now these card skimmers are not only found at ATM's but also at gas stations and all it takes is one swipe of the card and they have all your information.
"Very hard for a consumer i think to tell the difference."
Susan Bach of the Better Business Bureau says if it looks like there is an added part to the card reader, do not use the machine.
"It wouldn't hurt to always use the same ATM, because then you know if something looks wrong or odd to you," says Bach
After being scammed once already, Hasenfus is one step ahead.
"I do everything possible to make sure that I cancel everything out," says Hasenfus.
And never use her card at the machine.
If you do think an ATM has a card skimmer attached, report it to the financial instituion or police as soon as possible.