How to Guard Against Card Skimmers

Follow these steps to protect yourself from thieves who use devices to steal your credit and debit card information.

There are plenty of ways that thieves can steal your credit and debit card information. One of the more sophisticated -- and increasingly prevalent -- techniques is skimming. Thieves place an electronic device on ATMs that captures card information. They also use tiny cameras to record customers' PINs. These devices, which also can be installed at locations other than ATMs where people swipe debit and credit cards, can be difficult to detect. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself against card skimmers, says Bill Hardekopf, CEO of

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.