Skimming devices have recently been reported in and around
the Birmingham Area. Below are a few examples of how you can identify these type of devices and a few ways to protect your
card information from potentially being compromised. Skimming devices come in all
shapes and sizes and can be placed on ATM’s, gas pumps, and retail
How can you help to stop criminals from potentially stealing your
- Before entering your card pull on the card
reader and make sure it is permanently attached and is not easily removed.
- Cover your hand as you enter your PIN in case a
camera has been placed on the machine to capture your PIN. Your card data
is less valuable to the criminal without your PIN.
- If using a gas pump try to use the pumps closest
to the attendants. Skimmers are usually placed on the pumps that are the
farthest from the store. Also, some pumps are now including security tap
on the pump like the pictures below. If you notice the security tape
voided or broken report to the attendant immediately.
- Always check your statements for
If you have any questions or concerns that you card could have been compromised, please contact us immediately at 205.930.5000.