TPD: How to protect yourself from credit card skimmers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Police Dept. released a new video Tuesday offering helpful tips for protecting yourself from credit card skimmers.

They produced the piece after finding a skimmer last Saturday at a bank in southwest Topeka. They did not specify which financial institution, though.

In the five-minute video, Det. Angie Widener broke down how a skimmer works and explained how customers can avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud.

She showed how a skimmer can be placed over where bank cards are inserted or swiped. The skimmer then reads the account numbers and other information from the cards.

She also had another piece which was placed over where money is dispensed. It contained a tiny camera. However, it's not there to see how much is withdrawn. In fact, it's aimed at the keypad, so it can record PINs.

Widener recommended pulling on or twisting those two spots to see if they are loose. She pointed out they would never come off with a simple tug. If one of those pieces doesn't feel like it's firmly attached, you should contact the bank so they can investigate.