5 Frequent Debit Card Scams To Avoid

by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach on April 12, 2011

in Scams


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Here are 5 common techniques used by con artists out to steal your debit card information and your money:

  1. Keystroke-logger. This is computer spyware that records every
    keystroke typed on a computer and is used to steal confidential personal
    information and passwords.
  2. Cellphone. A bystander distracts you while a scammer uses the camera
    built into his cellphone to snap digital pictures of your name, your
    credit card, and the expiration date. Criminals may also place tiny
    cameras on or near ATM machines in a bank lobby to record your data when
    you make a withdrawal.
  3. Skimmers. Clever scammers work in restaurants, gas stations, and
    other establishments. One trick is planting a card-reader in the
    register. Skimmers steal info like your address, telephone pin, etc.
  4. Card-switchers. When you are at a restaurant, card switchers steal your card and give you back a fake card or expired one.
  5. Phishers. Scammers send fake e-mails designed to convince you to give up your bank card information.

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