Even if the coronavirus is currently restricting your travel plans, you’re still likely at risk of encountering an ATM or gas pump debit or credit card skimmer this summer. And if you use a prepaid debit card, you might find Sylvia Powers’ experience with a skimmer of particular interest. She swiped her American Express Bluebird card at the pumps of her local gas station, and a skimming device secretly recorded her information. Then, thieves duplicated the prepaid debit card and quickly began draining Powers’ funds.
Powers assumed American Express would protect her against this fraud. She assumed wrong. “My prepaid debit card was drained by a skimmer at the gas station!”