Credit cards have made life very convenient for us, allowing us to pay for things instantly without having to carry around cash all the time. Unfortunately, thieves have caught up with the times and there are plenty of ways to steal your information (and your money) using special devices known as skimmers.
A credit card manufacturer called Ingenico recently created a handy guide on how to identify credit card skimmers in standard (Ingenico iSC250) terminals. This is incredibly useful information that we felt everyone should have.
Skimming terminals are significantly larger than normal.
A skimmer is generally longer and wider than the terminal itself, which is the easiest way to identify fraudulent devices.
No button lights.
A skimming device often blocks out the light that illuminates the buttons on the terminal.
Green LED light is blocked.
Much like the buttons on the terminal, a fraudulent device will often fail to illuminate the green transaction light.
Skimmers often get in the way of the magnetic strip, which results in a greater frequency of operation errors. This slows down the normal working of the terminal, so if a terminal is consistently operating slower than it should, there’s a good chance it’s been tampered with.