Lots of people become victims of criminals who scan their card information using special devices (skimming) and then steal their money. Today, even when you use your card at stores or restaurants, you can fall into a trap. cool stuff, cool stuff, cool stuff
Ingenico, a credit card terminal manufacturer, recently issued a guide on how to identify a skimmer in a standard terminal (Ingenico iSC250). We at Smashingabs.com agree that everyone should find such information useful.
1. A skimming terminal is significantly larger than normal
A skimmer should be longer and wider than the terminal itself to correspond to its size. That’s why a skimming terminal is noticeably larger than a true one. This is the principal feature that helps recognize fraudulent devices.
2. No button highlights
A skimmer that was inserted too quickly may block the button highlighting on the terminal. cool stuff, cool stuff, cool stuff
3. Green LED light is blocked
An attachable skimmer also blocks the green LED light that should be on when the terminal scans a card.
4. Frequent operation errors
Skimmers sometimes get in the way of the magnetic strip when they scan data. This results in more operation errors and significantly slows down the normal workings of the terminal. So pay attention if a terminal operates much slower than it should.