I've told you before about dangerous places to swipe your credit or debit card. You want to avoid using them at gas stations, restaurants, in stores and online, if you can help it.
Well, add one more place to that list: USPS stamp kiosks.
According to the United States Postal Inspection Service, there have been an increasing number of reports of skimmers - gadgets that steal card information - found on these self-service stamp vending machines. A full investigation is now underway.
In the meantime, the USPS is urging its employees to keep their eyes open for suspicious machines, and urging customers to do the same.
“USPIS recommends customers who use the APC machine should personally visually inspect the machine prior to use,” the USPIS said. “Look for any type of plastic piece that looks like it has been slid over the actual credit card reader. Look for any other type of marking on the machine that looks as though it has been applied by a third-party.”
The USPIS is asking customers who see something that appears to be out of place on the machines to notify the local post office supervisor immediately.
Of course, there are other things you can do to prevent something like this from happening to you. Click here for the one thing you can do now to protect your debit card.