National ATM Council warns of skimming threat

Source: National ATM Council

The National ATM Council, Inc. ("NAC"), a not-for-profit national trade association representing America's independent ATM sector, has announced the results of its industry-wide U.S. Retail ATM Skimming Survey.

The survey results show ninety-three percent (93%) of the companies operating ATMs at retail locations throughout the U.S. have never experienced a credit card "skimming" incident at their ATMs. Of the ATM operators responding to the survey, over half have been in the ATM business for ten or more years and inspect their ATMs at least once per week. The survey includes a broad representation of the U.S. independent ATM industry - with respondents ranging in size from 1 to over 5,000 ATMs in their operations.

"These skimming survey results confirm that retail ATMs are secure and the incidence of card data theft is extremely low," said Bruce Renard, NAC Executive Director. "At the same time, we recognize from prior experiences in other countries that we are likely to see a rise in card fraud and skimming in the near term, with the implementation of EMV in the U.S."

NAC is continuing its work with the retail ATM sector in helping raise awareness and promoting detection and deterrence of skimming among the industry and consumers. These initiatives include our skimming survey, issuance of industry alerts and ongoing development of anti-skimming guidelines for retailers.

To learn more about the U.S. Retail ATM Skimming Survey results, view the infographic here. Members of NAC can download the full survey results through the NAC member portal at NATMC.org. 

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