Remember those contraptions that merchants used, with a paper triplicate form they laid on top of your card and then swiped a rolling head across to create a carbon impression of your card number?
You still see them sometimes today, but usually only when the electronic digital reader has failed at the cash register, or point of sale (POS) as it's usually called.
But, as with most things, there's a price to pay for progress. We've previously reported on how scammers hijack POS card readers by replacing them with doctored devices that capture victims' card information in Gas Pumps Targeted in Latest Card Skimming Scam.
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