Credit Card skimmers are devices designed to intercept credit cards, allowing thieves to create a fake duplicate copy of the original and rack up unauthorized charges. Kim Komado highlights these dangers in one of the daily security tips.

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One of the more successful tools of 21st century crooks is the skimmer. Thieves attach them to ATMs, gas pumps and other places people swipe their credit and debit cards. It’s quite ingenious.  Once in place, this sneaky bit of electronics steals the magnetic strip information from your card. Once the thieves have the information, it takes just moments for them to copy or clone it.  And once they have a clone, they can drain your bank account or run up huge bills and trash your credit before you even know it!