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New credit card threat: "Shimmers" are making their way to Arizona

Posted: 6:04 PM, Feb 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-06 12:25:16Z
Shimmers: New credit card threat
Shimmers: New credit card threat
Shimmers: New credit card threat

A new credit card threat could be making its way to Tucson. 

"Skimmers" move over, officials say "shimmers" are popping up in Arizona. 

According to PC Mag , the device is similar to skimmers , but thinner and embedded with a microchip that targets credit and debit cards with chip readers. 

Experts say shimmers are placed inside an ATM or gas pump card reader so it is mostly undetectable. When a consumer inserts a credit card, the shimmer will copy the information. 

When thieves return to get the data, experts say it will look like they are using an ATM, but they are sticking a special card of their own inside to retrieve the data. 

 So how can you avoid this from happening to you: 

  • Use an ATM inside a bank
  • When getting gas, use cash
  • Check bank statements regularly