It's hard to believe, but it's totally true: 3 measly seconds is all a good hacker needs to steal your credit card information. Don't believe me? Just watch the video above and tell me if you can spot the skimmer. Go ahead. I'll wait.
Did you catch that? About 17 seconds into the video, it happens.
Police are on the lookout for two of the men involved in the credit card skimmer scheme at a Chevron store in Miami Beach. According to local media outlets, the pair in the video entered the store around 9:30 p.m., distracted the cashier, installed the skimmer, then skipped out without a trace ... that is except for the surveillance footage.
However, it wasn't until the next day when the hastily-installed skimmer came loose and a quick-thinking clerk took action and called police. Police confiscated the skimmer and luckily, the men were not able to return and collect the device, meaning no information was successfully stolen.
If you're worried about falling victim to a skimmer, get a debit card with an EMV chip, if you don't already have one. With EMV chips, instead of swiping your card, you stick it in the payment terminal. The chip doesn't contain your card number like the card's magnetic stripe, meaning your data is more secure than before.
You'll also want to avoid swiping your debit card at risky places, like gas stations, restaurants and online.
You should also set up text alerts on your cards so you know when you or anyone else swipes them. You can tell right away if hackers have stolen your information. Learn more about text alerts.