Police continue fight against card skimmers and evolving technology

Posted at 10:46 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 23:51:44-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It's a crime that thousands across the mid-state have fallen victim to.

Police in Tennessee continue fighting against skimmers set up to steal your credit card info without you knowing it.

The problem of skimmers attached to card readers is nothing new -- but the technology that scammers use is constantly changing.

Some now use Bluetooth technology where the scammers sit nearby -- collecting credit card info as it gets swiped. But there are tools that can help you, including downloadable skimmer detector apps -- that scan the area for Bluetooth signals that a skimmer might be using.

But police say always inspecting the card reader before you use it is the most important.