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May 10, 2018

New tool detects credit card skimmers

  • The goal is to create a device consumers could use to ensure they don't get skimmed when they buy gas or use an ATM.
    Associated Press

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patrick Traynor, a cybersecurity expert, was in New York in February working with police to help identify a way to detect credit card skimmers on ATMs when he got a financial fraud alert: his own information had been stolen while he was in town.

    It wasn't the first time. In five years he'd had his personal information stolen by credit card skimmers — devices illegally installed on ATMs and gas station pumps that “skim” consumer credit card numbers — a half-dozen times.

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