Tips for protecting yourself from card skimmers

Posted at 2:44 PM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 17:44:15-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - With Black Friday signaling the beginning of the holiday shopping season, it is important to be mindful of how to protect your finances from potential thieves. 

Card skimming is a common method used to steal credit card information, but safeguards can be taken, such as recognizing suspicious ATMs or gas station pumps, or simply paying in cash. 

The San Diego County division of Agriculture, Weights and Measures released an informational video in 2017 providing tips on how to protect yourself from card skimmers.

If you decide to stick with plastic at the pump, pay attention to signs of tampering, such as the removal of security seals placed over the pump panel door and frame. Anytime the panel has been opened the label should read "void." 

You can also inspect ATM machines by wiggling the card slot to see if it is loose, a sign it has been tampered with. 

The best way to keep your finances safe may be to simply pay attention to your statement and card activity, and immediately notify your bank or credit bureau if you find any charges you don't recognize. 

City News Service contributed to this story