(July 5, 2013)—Some criminals are hoping to cash in over the holiday weekend as unsuspecting victims swipe their credit cards, at ATMs or gas pumps whose readers have been rigged to scan and record card information, the Better Business Bureau says.
Skimmers are often found at ATMs located near tourist hot spots, the BBB says.
ATM skimming has increased almost 5% in Texas over the last two years, the BBB says.
Regional BBB Director Helen Moore said once thieves have the information they can create a new card and drain the cardholder’s account.
Moore said there are signs to watch out for that might indicate that a skimmer has been attached to a credit card reader.
"It'll be loose there could be tape around it, if the reader looks like it has been damaged or looks unusual in any way you should probably use a different pump or go inside," Moore said.
"It's a crime that's very difficult to prosecute because these people are attaching these things in the dark when nobody can see them," Moore said.