Exeter police raise awareness of card skimming devices

EXETER, Mo. – Police raise public safety concerns after credit and debit card skimmers were discovered in Exeter, Mo.

According to officers, thieves use this type of skimmer to steal card information and pin codes.

Officers say it’s important to report suspicious activity, particularly people tampering with card devices.


As suggested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, citizens should follow the following tips when using an ATM, Fuel pump or Point of Service Terminal:

  1. Inspect ATMs, POS terminals, and other card readers before using. Look for anything loose, crooked, damaged, or scratched. Don’t use any card reader if you notice anything unusual.
  2. Pull at the edges of the keypad before entering your PIN. Then, cover the keypad when you enter your PIN to prevent cameras from recording your entry.
  3. Use ATMs in a well-lit, indoor location, which are less vulnerable targets.
  4. Be alert for skimming devices in tourist areas, which are popular targets.
  5. Use debit and credit cards with chip technology. In the U.S., there are fewer devices that steal chip data versus magnetic strip data.
  6. Avoid using your debit card when you have linked accounts. Use a credit card instead.
  7. Contact your financial institution if the ATM doesn’t return your card after you end or cancel a transaction.

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