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FBI tips to avoid gas pump, ATM skimmers

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 16:16:54-05

The FBI offers the following tips for protecting your financial information from skimmers on ATMs and gas pumps: (Source: FBI)

- Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.

- When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.

- If possible, use an ATM at an inside location (less access for criminals to install skimmers).

- Be careful of ATMs in tourist areas. They are a popular target of skimmers.

- If your card isn’t returned after the transaction or after hitting “cancel,” immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card.

Previous coverage on KMTV: 

Skimming device discovered at second Ralston gas station (Jan. 5, 2016)

Two card skimmers found at Ralston gas station (Dec. 31, 2015)

Casey's discusses efforts to combat credit card skimming (Oct. 28, 2015)

Casey's warns of credit card skimmers found in Nebraska, Iowa (Oct. 28, 2015)