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State Training County Workers to Spot Debit Card Skimming Devices

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a new statewide cooperative effort to crack down on illegal credit/debit card skimmers that are hidden on gas pumps to steal access to customers bank accounts.

With card data theft incidents on the rise across the country, the State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Weights and Measures Bureau is partnering with county weights and measures officials to train them to spot the bank card skimming devices.

Skimmers are devices attached to ATMs or credit card processing devices to steal the credit card and PIN numbers of customers.

Government and private research sources indicate that the cost to consumers of point-of-sale card fraud is between $3 billion and $6 billion a year.

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