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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts

These skimmers look so real.  People wouldn't even know the difference. 

 

I don't know what the answer is - I use cash a lot these days. 

 

The gas station I go to a lot has a safety sticker where you swipe a credit card.  It says if the sticker is tampered with, do not use the credit card swiper.  I imagine it's to prevent a skimmer from being installed. 

 

I just use cash there.  I don't want to take a chance.

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts


@SydneyH wrote:

This is VERY common in the retail industry, not sure why some are surprised, shrugs........


Maybe some of us are not as informed as you are. Congrats.

 

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts


@The Monkey on My Back wrote:

@pommom wrote:

Would writing a check avoid the skimmers from taking info?


You're probably safe with checks.


You are even SAFER with cash. Now I hit my bank ATM for $$$ before I head out to shop. I like CASH (it's king). Sometimes I even get a discount for using it!

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts


@chrystaltree wrote:

@The Monkey on My Back wrote:

I'm seriously considering one of these prepaid debit cards for all of my purchases. I know my credit cards protect me from unauthorized purchases but I wonder if I will ever have to defend myself if my bank denies my claim. It would be a hassle because I would have to keep loading the card up but with stuff like this happening I might be a bit safer.


 

 

      You'd be smart to do that.  I did it years ago.  I have a Greendot debit card, money from my paycheck is deposited on the card every month.  I do all my online and shopping channel purchases with that card but I also use it at places like Walmart and the grocery store.  So, if the card or the number should ever fall into nefarious hands, I wouldn't lose any serious money and it's  not linked to my bank account.  It's so incredibly easy, I don't know why more people don't take advantage of it.  Even  before I started payroll deductions, I just went to Cvs or Radio Shack to put money on it. 


Quick question @chrystaltree . . . is there any guarantee if your Greendot account is hacked (as in they would replace those pilfered funds)?

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts


@The Monkey on My Back wrote:

@pommom wrote:

Would writing a check avoid the skimmers from taking info?


You're probably safe with checks.

 

Remember that your account number is at the bottom of all checks you write.....

 

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts


@The Monkey on My Back wrote:

 


Maybe some of us are not as informed as you are. Congrats.

 


Well thank you I guess, lol.  BTW, the skimmers are also used at gas pumps just in case you were unaware of this practice as well.

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts

I try to use cash when I shop in person.  I cash a check at the bank twice a month.  I only put what I need in my pocketbook.  If I misjudged, I always have my credit card.  I have a different credit card I only use online.  I haven't had any issues.

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts


@truffle wrote:

I wonder what the receipts look like from a fake card reader or does it not generate a receipt?  I save my receipts and make sure I get one and if I don't, I get help from a clerk to find out why. 


 

 

       They aren't fake atm machines, the transactions and the receipts are legit.  There's no problem with the actual atm machine.  The problem is that there's a device on the atm machine that captures card numbers and passwords or the access number.  The thieve then take those card numbers and passwords and make purchase or withdraw cash. 

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts


@silkyk wrote:

@The Monkey on My Back wrote:

@pommom wrote:

Would writing a check avoid the skimmers from taking info?


You're probably safe with checks.


You are even SAFER with cash. Now I hit my bank ATM for $$$ before I head out to shop. I like CASH (it's king). Sometimes I even get a discount for using it!


Skimmers have been discovered on ATM machines. 

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Re: Card skimmers found inside two Walmarts


@SydneyH wrote:

@The Monkey on My Back wrote:

 


Maybe some of us are not as informed as you are. Congrats.

 


Well thank you I guess, lol.  BTW, the skimmers are also used at gas pumps just in case you were unaware of this practice as well.


Did you read my OP? 

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