Pas Banking And Securities Department Warns Against Shimmers

12.10.18 | Brandon Dickson

Shimmers offer a new way for thieves can get their hands on your money.

Becky MacDicken says, like a skimmer, a shimmer captures information on your credit card, but "the data comes from the card's chip."

Skimmers are often placed over a keypad or the card slot of an ATM or gas pump, but shimmers aren't placed on the outside.

MacDicken notes a shimmer is a "thin piece of plastic that gets inserted into the machine."

Security experts recommend you opt for a tap-and-go payment method. Many credit cards offer the feature that doesn't require inserting or swiping a card.