ATM Skimmers in Dubuque

DUBUQUE- There’s a new form of credit card fraud making its way to the city of Dubuque.

Dubuque Public Information Officer, Scott Baxter declares, “I’ve been here twenty years and that’s the first I’ve ever heard of a confirmed case where a skimmer was used.”

ATM skimmers- what exactly is it?

American Trust & Savings Bank Marketing Vice President explains, “It lays over or next to where you insert your card and it takes off the information that’s on the magnetic strip of your card.”

The American Trust & Savings Bank on Locust Street played victim to skimming this time, but consumers should take precautions whenever they choose to swipe.

Baxter warns, “It’s any type of card reader that can be compromised. It can be at the gas pump where you have a card reader or at the department store where you scan your card.  Those can all be compromised or have skimmers used on them.”

Fortunately, there are easy ways to help keep your private information, private.

Hager further instructs, “Protect your four digit pin because if it is a skimming machine there’s going to be a camera somewhere that’s going to retrieve that information.”

And most importantly, Hager recommends checking your banking accounts on a daily basis.

It’s just being diligent and active about your accounts.

Baxter explains the importance of being aware of fraud, “It’s very infrequent but you know people still need to be aware that if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.”

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