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Cashier’s Stealing Your Credit Details In Plain View

How is it that a cashier could steal your credit card information right in front of your eyes, and you would never even know?

No, this is not a riddle- this is a scary fact that occurs due to advancing credit card skimming technology.  As if it isn’t enough to fear swiping your card through the local gas station readers, but now you have to wonder if you’re info is being stolen right in front of your eyes as you hand over your card to pay a cashier.

credit card skimmer

With handheld devices about the size of a lighter, cashier’s who have mastered the sleight of hand tricks could easily slide your card through the palm of their hand (and therefore through the small skimming device) before sliding the card through the cash register’s card reader to pay for your purchases.

Think about it- if you’re impatiently waiting to get out of the store, are you watching the cashier closely?  Some cashiers may engage you in conversation to distract you as they slide the card through their miniature theft device.

Keep a close eye on your credit card statements for any transactions that aren’t yours- the sooner you detect fraud the easier it is to avoid the hassles that can result from identity theft.

1 Comment »

  1. Frank said,

    December 24, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

    At least you don’t have to worry about that in major department and grocery stores in the sttes I live in because the cashier never gets to handle your card. Maybe that’s why their going to those type of systems in more and more places.

    Good article, and I’ll definitely think twice the next time somebody takes my card because usually the only time it goes out of site is when a waitress or waiter takes it at a restaurant..

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