Most of us will opt for a bagged salad mix when trying to eat healthy. It’s just so much more convenient than chopping, washing, and putting together a salad on your own. But this video might make you feel a little bit different.
James Perry was about to have a salad from lunch when he noticed a spider in the bag. And not just a tiny one, but a giant one. Shiver!
Pay attention to the credit card pay terminals when you are swiping your cards RHU!
Especially at grocery stores.
This is has actually happened to me twice in the last 4 months! And both times on a Sunday at my neighborhood Ralph's and Whole Foods. Within hours of purchasing, the thieves were attempting to use my card, but thankfully Bank of America shut them down, alerting me via text. The Bank representative I spoke with determined my card had been skimmed at one of those places.
Target and Trader Joe's have started using the new consoles that only read cards with a new symbol on them and they have to be inserted into the machine. This supposedly protects passwords and your info from being skimmed. Hopefully Kroger will get on board soon and start using the new technology.
From Daily Mail:
Scammers have seemingly entered new territory by targeting grocery stores with skimming devices at self-checkout kiosks to steal customer's credit card information.
Skimmers are electronic devices that are hidden inside or oven over a slot for a card that scan the card's information and steal the data when consumers swipe their cards.
Small cameras or fake keypads record the personal information number (PIN) code as customers punch them in, granting thieves instant access to a bank accounts or credit card information.
In recent years, the devices have been found at ATMs and gas stations due to their somewhat remote locations that allow thieves to install them without any alarms being raised.
Now, thieves are targeting grocery stores with placing skimmers at the self-checkout kiosks.
According to security side Krebes on Security, skimmers which were found at the supermarket chain Safeway in December, included a PIN pad that allowed hackers to record shoppers' PIN code.
The devices were found at a number of stores across the country including in Colorado and Maryland, according to Krebes on Security.
In addition, the Secret Service has launched a six state investigation into card skimmers being placed on automatic teller machines.
Georgia is included as one of the states, but officials have declined to name the others, according to WSB.
Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com told CBS News that people need to be more cautious.
'It really is further proof that people need to be really, really diligent when it comes to their credit card information,' Schulz told CBS News.
'The bad guys are always coming with new, innovative ways to steal their information.'
HOW TO PREVENT FROM FALLING VICTIM TO SKIMMERS:
There are several steps consumers can take from falling victim to scammers using skimmers:
When at self-checkout kiosks at supermarkets, tug on the terminal to see if it moves or if there's a sign of an overlay on top of it. If so, alert staff at the store to the machine to inspect it.
Using mobile payment options like Apple Pay can also provide more protection for consumers than magnetic cards.
It's also advised that consumers use chip-enabled cards if the readers are available at stores.
Checking bank and credit card statements regularly can tip off consumers to notice any fraud as soon as it begins.
There are several steps in which consumers can protect themselves from falling victim to scammers using skimmers.
When at self-checkout kiosks at supermarkets, tug on the terminal to see if it moves or if there's a sign of an overlay on top of it, according to CBS News. If so, alert staff at the store to the machine to inspect it.
Schulz told CBS News that mobile payment options like Apple Pay can also provide more protection for consumers than magnetic cards.
Experts also advise that consumers should use chip-enabled cards if they are available at stores.
According to a survey last year from merchant-services provider Harbortouch, only one out of five Americans have used chip-enabled cards, CBS News reported.
Lastly, checking bank and credit card statements regularly can tip off consumers to notice any fraud as soon as it begins.
'[Supermarket skimmers are] further proof that people have to be their own last line of defense,' Schulz told CBS News.
'No one cares as much about your money as you do.'