Urgent Self-Checkout Scam Warning – Buyers are warned about tricks used by thieves to steal your credit card details

Law enforcement officials have uncovered two key ways self-checkout scammers gain access to shoppers’ credit card information.

Police in Elkhart, Indiana, recently warned residents that the new self-scanning scams are leaving shoppers vulnerable to credit card theft not only locally but at stores across the county.

Police are warning shoppers about a new self-checkout scam that could lead to credit card theft

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The first trick happens in the self-checkout area.

A scammer drops a $10 bill on the floor when a person enters the self-checkout area.

They will then point out the $10 to distract the victim.

Meanwhile, the scammer stands close enough to the victim to see them enter their PIN number into the self-checkout machine’s keypad.

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Then a second scammer will be waiting outside in the parking lot, police said.

When the second scammer sees the victim coming out of the store, they walk up to them and say the $10 is theirs.

This creates another distraction as the scammer then steals the victim’s card from their pocket or wallet.

The scammers then use the card and collected PIN number to make expensive purchases.

Police have advised people to take preventive measures when shopping.

They warn shoppers to be aware of their surroundings when using a debit or credit card.

It’s also important to use your hands to cover the keypad when entering your PIN number.

Remember to remove your card from the keypad before exiting the self-checkout machine.

Police are also advising people not to pick up money if someone on the ground points it out.

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Finally, if someone is bothering you in the store or in the parking lot, alert the store staff or call the police.

The US Sun reached out to Elkhart Police and asked if they could identify what deals were hit and will update if and when they are responding.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/6358992/self-checkout-credit-card-theft/ Urgent Self-Checkout Scam Warning – Buyers are warned about tricks used by thieves to steal your credit card details

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