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

Posted at 6:04 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 07:25:16-05

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