Texas police warn of skimming device found at ATMs, fuel pumps

Photo: Pasadena Police Department / Facebook 
Photo: Pasadena Police Department / Facebook 

- Police in Texas sending a warning about a credit card skimming device recently located at several area ATMS and fuel pumps.

The device was placed over the card reader and held in place with a strong double sided tape, the Pasadena, Texas Police Department said in a post on Facebook.

Another device that was also located contained a pinhole camera, which was "strategically positioned" to capture the customer entering their PIN number.

Here are several other ways to prevent becoming a victim of this scam:

- Inspect the card slot before inserting your card, and be suspicious if it is crooked or loose. You can give the card reader a slight tug to ensure that it is not being held in place by tape.
- Anytime you have to enter your personal identification number to complete a transaction shield the number pad with your opposite hand to prevent any nearby mounted cameras to record your number.
- When using fuel pumps, choose one that is near the attendant. Suspects typically choose fuel pumps furthest away from the attendant or in shadows to prevent detection.
- Pay inside whenever you can. This method is time-consuming; however, it is the best practice in preventing this type of scam from happening to you.

Authorities also recommend checking your bank account on a regular basis. 

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