Credit Card Skimmers Discovered at Supermarkets in Honolulu, Police Issue Warning
Honolulu police are urging the public to be cautious after credit card skimmers were found at self-checkout registers in supermarkets across the island. Skimmers, which are devices attached to actual card readers, can scan credit and debit card information when a card is used.
These skimmers can be placed anywhere credit or debit cards are swiped, making it important for consumers to be vigilant and take necessary precautions. Visual and physical inspection can help identify skimmers. Individuals are advised to check for alignment issues between the card reader and the panel underneath it. Skimmers often stick out at an odd angle or cover arrows in a panel, making them easier to spot.
Another tip is to compare card readers to those at neighboring terminals, ATMs, or gas pumps for any noticeable differences. Paying attention to keypad and card reader functionality is also crucial. If a reader can easily come out of place, it may have been illegally installed. Authentic card readers are typically more robustly manufactured.
In the event that individuals encounter potentially tampered terminals, it is important to notify employees or store management immediately. Additionally, it is recommended to contact credit card companies if affected by skimmers and to closely monitor accounts for any fraudulent activity.
Authorities are seeking the help of the public in identifying those responsible for these criminal activities. Anyone with information related to credit card skimmers is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 808-955-8300. To provide anonymous tips, individuals can also visit honolulucrimestoppers.org or use the P3 Tips app.
The Honolulu Police Department hopes these preventative measures and public cooperation will help combat credit card skimming and protect consumers from falling victim to fraud. By staying alert and proactive, individuals can contribute to safer shopping experiences on the island.
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