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Protect Your Personal Banking Information During the Holiday Season

December 18, 2017 14:05

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The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members to safeguard their personal banking information during the holiday shopping season.

Thieves and scammers work to obtain access to consumer bank accounts or credit card information online and through watching customers use their Personal Identification Number (PIN) at retail establishments and ATMs.

Sometimes, thieves will utilized skimming devices to steal banking information. Skimmers are devices that capture credit/debit card information from the card's magnetic stripe. The devices may be designed to fit over card readers and blend in with the machine, installed inside the terminal or plugged into the machine's network cables. Skimmers are usually left on a machine for a brief period before they are removed and, in

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