With shimming, thieves can steal your credit card information despite microchip

The Ohio Attorney General's Office warns about a newer way criminals can get your credit card information and rip you off. (WKRC File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - The Ohio Attorney General's Office warns about a newer way criminals can get your credit card information and rip you off.

It's called "shimming." Thieves get a copy of the chip on your card.

New chip-enabled cards were supposed to help eliminate theft and fraud because the cards couldn't be skimmed, but criminals designed a paper-thin device, or shim, enabled with a microchip and flash storage directly into the slot on card readers. The device copies and saves the information from your credit or debit card.

The best way to keep your account safe is to keep a close eye on your bank statements. Experts say pay attention to small transactions that seem out of place. Those can be first clues that your account has been compromised.

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