LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Keesler Federal Credit Union is investigating reports of ATM card "shimming" at its Long Beach location.
Shimmers are "new and improved" skimmers that have the ability to target cards with a chip.
An alleged victim who spoke with WLOX News Now says her debit card information was stolen from the kiosk on Klondyke Road and used to withdraw $500 from a different bank in Hattiesburg.
Once the victim reported the fraud KFCU began the process to replace the funds in her account. The credit union released the following statement Thursday evening:
KFCU offers the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of fraud:
- Cover the PIN pad while you enter your PIN.
- Always be aware of your surroundings when you’re at the ATM, and avoid standalone cash machines in low-lit areas, if possible.
- Be especially vigilant when withdrawing cash on the weekends; thieves tend to install skimming devices on a weekend — when they know the bank won’t be open again for more than 24 hours.
- Keep a close eye on your credit union/bank statements and account activity, and dispute any unauthorized charges or withdrawals immediately.
- Request your free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus.
- If the breached entity offers you free card monitoring, take advantage of it.