The next time you use the self-checkout lane at a store, be sure to take a second look at the machine you use to swipe your credit or debit card. Scammers are installing “skimmers” – devices that collect the data from credit, debit or ATM cards on the machines, according to the Better Business Bureau.
How the scam works
When you use the self-checkout lane, you ring up your purchases and swipe your credit or debit card to pay the bill. You may not notice anything strange about the card processor, but scammers have attached a skimmer to some registers. These devices “skim” your card’s information off the magnetic strip.