You probably look twice at any ATM to check for skimmers — the external devices designed to steal your card data — but NSW police are warning that criminals are now attaching skimmers to the EFTPOS terminals used in stores as well.
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Police have already arrested six people in relation to EFTPOS skimming, so it’s not just an empty threat. While it’s potentially more difficult to attach a skimmer to a store device (since staff are likely to notice it), that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
What can you do to protect against those attacks? As ever, vigilance (regularly checking bank statements), sensible security precautions (not recording your PIN in an obvious form) and taking advantage of technology (such as chip-based cards, which are harder to duplicate) are the main steps.