I don’t think there is a worse feeling in the world than someone getting your debit card, or debit card info! It’s much worse than credit because they actually have access to YOUR money. Over the past year debit card fraud and jumped up 10%. Here are a few places you might want to use a credit card or cash instead of debit!
The four riskiest places are:
1. Sketchy ATMs that aren’t associated with an actual bank. They’re easier to hack, and more likely to have card skimmers, which are little devices that look like a normal card reader. But they steal your information.
2. Gas pumps. They’re another popular place for card skimmers. So make sure you take a good look at the card reader before you use your card. Or go inside to pay.
3. Restaurants. This one I NEVER even THOUGHT of. They’re one of the few places where someone else runs your card. So your waiter could use a handheld card skimmer, or they could just take a photo of your card and use your info to buy stuff online.
4. On the Internet. Yes, using your debit card for ANY online purchase isn’t a great idea, because there are several ways your info can get stolen.