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As police take immediate action, shoppers find insidious information-stealing devices in five supermarkets in one area

POLICE have warned shoppers to beware after several grocery and convenience stores discovered data-stealing devices in credit card machines.

On Wednesday, a Supremo supermarket in Pennsauken, New Jersey, became the chain’s fifth location to detect a noise device and contact authorities.

Police in New Jersey warned shoppers to be aware of skimming devices at five different Supremo supermarkets in recent weeksSource: GOOGLE MAPS
Skimming devices can steal user data without the buyer’s knowledgeSource: Tulsa Police
Police said they also found skimming devices at two local 7-Eleven convenience storesSource: AP
Shoppers were warned to watch for signs of ATM modificationsSource: Getty

Skimmers are small scanners that can copy information from your card, which thieves can later use to steal your identity or property.

Investigators say they are still trying to determine how and when the technology was placed in the Supremo at 7500 S. Rt. According to the local ABC affiliate, WPVI, 130.

Police said four other Supremo grocery stores recently found similar devices.

“They just put it right into the existing credit card machine and have access to the data that’s being sent through the credit card machine,” Pennsauken Police Officer Michael Killion told local reporters.

Early last month, two nearby 7-Elevens stores were attacked.

A man and a woman were caught on camera installing the devices on April 3, one by one.

Police say scams using skimming devices have gotten out of hand in the region.

According to FICO, New Jersey and Pennsylvania consistently rank in the top five worst states for skimming.

Cases originating from this area account for almost half of all crimes nationwide.

BUYERS ARE CONCERNED

Shoppers say they are concerned about this trend.

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“I saw on TikTok, they do it at 7-Elevens and at the machines under the pin pads,” Makeila Melendez said.

She said she regularly visited the Supremo supermarket to do family shopping.

“It’s crazy what people will do to get extra money,” she added.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

While retailers try to stop thieves and police focus on catching them, consumers can try to protect themselves.

Although skimmers are small and often well hidden, following a few simple financial security tips should keep you safe.

Police say the first thing you should do is check your credit card machine for signs of tampering.

What is a skimmer device?

A skimmer device is a fraud tool designed to steal sensitive information from credit or debit cards during a transaction.

  • Imagine a skimmer device as a sneaky thief who hides in ATMs or card machines.
  • Its purpose is to secretly steal your credit or debit card information when you use it for transactions.
  • These devices act as little spies that can copy your card details, including your card number and PIN, even without your knowledge.
  • Skimmers can be cleverly disguised to look like a regular card reader, making them difficult to notice.
  • Once they have your information, criminals can use it to create fake cards or buy things without your consent, which causes a lot of hassle and stress.
  • It is important to always exercise caution and check for anything unusual on card machines before using them to protect yourself from these insidious devices.

“If you’re about to swipe the card and you feel the machine cradle actually moving, pay close attention to that,” Killion said.

“And I’m not talking about the entire frame, but the top of the machine because that’s where the skimmers are. They are located at the top.”

You can also avoid the hassle by using card or phone tap payments.

Police said the transaction technology used in the wiretapping was more secure than inserting or swiping a card.

If you think your card may have gone through a skimming machine, contact your bank to freeze your account and call the police to report the possible crime.