Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:14:13 GMT — COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Chapin's Leslie Baker learned first hand how quickly your debit card can be copied. The midlands mom says she's a victim of credit card skimming. "When you use your card you don't know what information their going to be able get from you and how much money because you can't tell these things are in there," said Baker. Baker had no clue she was skimmed and attempted to make a purchase one afternoon and her card was denied. She quickly discovered someone used her card at a Florida Wal Mart spending nearly a thousand dollars. "The bank did say a card was presented at the time of sale," adds Baker. "This isn't a problem in New York or LA. This is a problem in Columbia, in Chapin, in Lexington, in Irmo," said Stephen Miano. Miano is the owner of That Computer Store points out gas stations, atms anywhere that is outside and often unmonitored are prime targets. He says skimmers are a family of technology that works together to steal your information, including cameras that catch your pin and card readers that store your account numbers. These devices can be installed easily and quickly and then criminals make duplicate cards connected to your bank account. "This is just another way for the bad guys to try and grab that data," adds Miano. While you can't locate these devices on machines there easy to find online, a quick Google search turns up plenty of dealers helping crooks copy your cards. "You see scratch marks on something or if a door lock is open, if anything seems out of the ordinary trust your instincts and don't use it," said Miano. Check your debits and everything everyday to make sure that nothing strange is coming out because they can take five dollars or they can take all of your money," concludes Baker.
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