Glossary: Skimming

The illegal copying of information from the magnetic strip of a credit or debit card by “skimming” it through a rogue card reader out of sight of the cardholder or attached to an ATM machine. Skimming is a more direct version of a phishing scam. Once scammers have skimmed the card, they can create a fake or “cloned” card with the cardholder’s details on it and can then run up charges on the account, borrow money or take out loans in the cardholder’s name and use the details to commit identity fraud.

Relevant to: Scams

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