© 2024 WEKU
Lexington's Radio News Leader
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

After Lexington skimmer arrests, BBB offers tips on how to avoid being scammed

Heather Clary, community and media relations coordinator with the Better Business Bureau serving greater Kentucky and southern Indiana, says skimmer scams like those reported at Lexington Krogers over the weekend aren't new.
BBB
Heather Clary, community and media relations coordinator with the Better Business Bureau serving greater Kentucky and southern Indiana, says skimmer scams like those reported at Lexington Krogers over the weekend aren't new.

Two men face a total of 58 charges for allegedly installing skimmers at five Kroger stores in Lexington. Skimmers are devices installed on card readers that thieves use to collect card numbers for their use or to sell. Heather Clary is the community and media relations coordinator with the Better Business Bureau serving greater Kentucky and southern Indiana.

“The first sign that something is wrong with the machine, you're using the ATM or the gas pump, the card gets stuck in a chip reader, it seems to have a tighter than normal grip on your card, you know, there could be a shim inside there.”

Clary said when that happens, it’s a good idea to cancel the transaction and notify your bank and there are several other ways to avoid being scammed by skimmers.

“A lot of times you can wave a card in front of a certain part of the machine, tap and go is often offered that sometimes can help protect you. Really, you could go inside to a teller if you really want to be careful about it.”

Clary said one of the best ways to protect yourself from financial and identity theft is to frequently check your bank and credit card accounts.

BBB skimmer tips

** WEKU is working hard to be a leading source for public service, and fact-based journalism. Monthly supporters are the top funding source for this growing nonprofit news organization. Please join others in your community who support WEKU by making your donation.

John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
WEKU depends on support from those who view and listen to our content. There's no paywall here. Please support WEKU with your donation.