NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Shimmers have become the newest tool used by thieves to steal information from credit and debit cards with chips in them.
In the Metro Police Departments Fraud Unit, Sgt. Michael Warren unpacked devices Monday used by scammers in the past.
However, among the gadgets you will not find a shimmer, the newest way criminals have been victimizing card holders.
"Well, the chip is not fool proof. Every technology can be compromised," Warren said.
Chips were installed on cards to help with security, with each dip into a card reader it produces a unique algorithm for every transaction. "That's what makes it more secure because every time you use it, it's a unique transaction. It's almost like your card number changes every time you use it," Warren explained.
However, it wasn't long until criminals figured out how to get around it. "Something happened that no one really anticipated, that these fraudsters today are highly skilled criminals," Kathleen Calligan with the Better Business Bureau. "We put a lot more information in that chip and they went thanks, we needed that, kind of because now they have a lot more information."
Shimmers are the size of the chip on your card and thinner than a sheet of paper. They're placed inside a machine using a special, fake, card and that's where they sit, nearly undetectable to the naked eye.
"We haven't had any reports of these devices being found in middle Tennessee but it certainly doesn't mean that they're not already installed," Calligan said.
To avoid becoming a victim always use your credit card, avoid paying at the pump at gas stations and keep a close eye on your bank statements.
The Predators first ever Stanley Cup Final game was a bizarre one in which they outplayed the defending champion Penguins for much of the…
Police were called to a residence in Antioch after a boat flipped over onto parked cars.
A manhunt got underway in Nashville after a gunman allegedly stole a Corvette, shot the car's owner and then set the sports car on fire.
Many arrived early to the Memorial Day ceremony at Nashville National Cemetery to honor current service members, veterans and those who have fallen.
Officials with the National Weather Service said straight line winds up to 95 miles per hour caused significant damage in Cookeville.
A man accused of stealing a pickup truck from an Army veteran was arrested after authorities said he led officers on a chase.
Temporary shops have popped up across Davidson County ahead of game one in the Stanley Cup Final to sell predators gear to fans anxious to…
Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on charges of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida.