A new credit card threat could be making its way to Nebraska. Jim Hegarty is CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Nebraska and says there is a smaller version of the credit card skimmers that are often found installed in gas pumps and ATM’s. These new devices are called shimmers.
Hegarty says, “We monitor the national trends and saw some alerts emerging from bureaus around the country about the smaller skimming devices that are less detectable. Because that stuff always ends up emerging in our market we wanted to give people a heads-up on in and most importantly have them monitoring their accounts online every day.”
Hegarty says shimmers fit directly into the card readers where consumer information is copied. He says the thieves can get that information within 30 minutes and then use your credit or debit card information to purchase items from around the world. Hegarty recommends if Nebraskans need to get cash they go inside their bank to do so and if they need gas go inside the store to pay for it instead of using the card reader at the pump. He says this may be a bit more inconvenient but it is better to be safe now than sorry later.