Nowadays online business becomes the principal target for scammers hunting credit card information. The times of good old-fashioned purse pilferers are gone as modern technologies have significantly changed things. We are sure that knowing how fraudulent activities most often happen can help customers to protect themselves or, if they are fraud victims, minimize the damage.
Fraudsters use all their inventiveness and skills to steal your credit card information. Here are some ways of stealing your credit card data:
- Steal credit card
- Offline Account Takeover
- Different skimming devices
- Fake ‘readers’
- Reprogramming the POS terminal
The one of the simpliest ways. The criminals can spy on you while you are inputting your PINcode and steal your card after.
The fraudsters can steal the new credit card or credit card offer from your mailbox. You don’t even know about the billing until the bank calls asking why you are so deep in debts. Criminals can even try to change the fraud victim’s mailing address with the bank, order a new card, activate it or change the information of the old one. If the bank has a good anti-fraud system, then this type of attack can be stopped.
In credit card skimming schemes, fraudsters use a device to steal sensitive data in an otherwise legitimate credit or debit card transaction. Here is the example. Skimming devices are often placed on ATMs or even held in the hands of waiters or store employees which can read and store the credit card information. Scammers use the stolen information to make fraudulent charges. Victims of credit card skimming are often unaware of the theft until they receive a billing statement or overdraft notices in the mail. It is a method used by criminals to capture data from the magnetic strip on the back of the credit card.
Fraudsters can put on the real card reader the fake one. So when a customer makes a purchase they easily steal the card data at the same time. Criminals modify terminals in public spaces where victims will use their cards and receive communication error messages. In reality the terminal has captured card data and PIN code, and stored it for later retrieval.
This method requires hacking and changing the program of the terminal, so sensitive data will be sent to both bank and fraudsters.
It is just a short list and be sure that fraudsters are constantly inventing the new types of fraud and their modifications.
We can give you some timeless advice to protect yourself. You can prevent your credit card from fraud by regularly monitoring your accounts online, avoiding doing business with unfamiliar or suspicious online sellers, never putting your signature on a blank receipt, saving receipts to compare with bank statements and reporting any suspicious charges at once.
Keep an eye on your credit card and be careful while doing your purchases!