Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Visa Inc. reported in a Sept. 1, 2011, bulletin that thieves can now skim credit cards from POS PIN entry devices (PEDs) using Bluetooth technology. Visa said thieves are removing the original PEDs and replacing them with modified devices. The rogue devices skim account and PIN information entered at the POS and transmit the data automatically via Bluetooth to the crooks. Surveillance video reveals the criminals are able to swap the PEDs in seconds.
Visa said the Bluetooth skimming problem can be addressed using a terminal authentication system to constantly affirm the PED's serial number and be sure the terminal is online and running correctly. To further help prevent skimming Visa recommends:
Visit usa.visa.com/merchants/index.html for more information on fraud control.
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