An employee at a large U.S. retailer allegedly was skimming credit cards by hiding a machine under her skirt and skimming credit card numbers as she rang up customers. Skimming devices are essentially credit card machines that store credit card information to sell on the black market, make fraudulent online purchases, or to be used to create fake credit cards.
Avoid becoming the victim of a credit card skimming scheme by being vigilant about who you give your card to and how long it is out of your sight. Only provide your cards to reputable vendors and try to watch to ensure that they only swipe it in legitimate point of sale machines. Often skimming devices are portable and wireless machines, and can even be fitted to sit on top of gas pumps or ATM card readers.