How to Keep Your Credit Card Safe from 'Skimming'

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hajime investigates high-tech pocketing

a credit card debit card scam called

skimming and accounts for 80% 80% of an

estimated 1 billion dollar loss and an

ATM fraud every year ABC's Mara Scavo

combo is here it has that story for us

good morning Mara good morning Robin

it's happening all over the country at

pretty much any place where people use

credit or debit cards

thanks to virtually undetectable devices

thieves are able to steal all of the

cards information in one single swipe

it's the latest in high-tech

pickpocketing happening right under your

nose thieves stealing your credit or

debit card information when you swipe on

barely detectable devices some tiny

enough to fit right in the palm of your

hand called skimming GMA investigates

learning its more common than ever it

used to be the skimming device was large

now it fits in your pocket could be on

your belt could be alongside of the cash

register richard Norris says his stop

for fast food led to a quick theft I

would have never pointed my finger at my

driver because you're sitting right

there you're watching them use your card

take a look here we can see the mick

thief swiping a customer's credit card

twice once for an actual food order and

then again on a skimmer copying a cards


and they actually were able to catch the

individual sliding the card and then

grabbing the receipt and hand it to me

all in one nice movement you'd never

know that he was doing anything wrong

it's not just restaurants surveillance

photos at a New Jersey Bank caught this

man setting up a skimmer on one of their

ATMs and when authorities in Arizona

found a skimmer in a Phoenix gas station

pump well we're here checking for

skimming devices they decided to set up

a little sting removing the skimmer and

replacing it with a hidden camera to

catch the crooks frantically searching

for their device so it's almost like a

husband and wife team arguing about

wherever their skimmer is because

somebody got it and that was us we got

it so what should you do to keep your

information safe officials say when

buying gas choose a pump near the

attendant or pay inside look closely

when swiping your card for anything

unusual and check your account

frequently take a few minutes to make

sure what you believe is in front of you

is actually an ATM pull on it tug on it

look for things that are out of the norm

now officials say they've made more than

5000 skimming arrests since 2007 and

they say as law enforcement gets better

at catching these thieves they just get

more sophisticated very scary stuff you

gave us good suggestions but just as

little you can do it so hard to protect

yourself thanks mom