SAN BERNANDINO, Calif. (9/28/09)--ATM card skimming schemes have compromised accounts at Alaska USA FCU and Arrowhead FCU in California and an area bank. Police in San Bernardino County, Calif., where the credit union branches are located, suspect that members’ accounts have been affected from fraudulent use of ATM cards. At least 90 people in the High Desert area have been affected (San Bernardino Sun
Sept. 24). Authorities have noticed a spike in thefts in Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville, Calif., the newspaper said. Card skimming occurs when a thief places a device on the outside of an ATM. The device captures information from a card’s magnetic stripe when swiped. The skimmers also use video cameras to watch accountholders enter their personal identification numbers. The newspaper provided several tips to prevent fraud:
* Inspect ATMs for unusual devices; * Cover the hand used to enter a personal identification number; and * Check account balances frequently.