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Michigan AG issues consumer alert on credit card reader scam

Alert provides tips to avoid invasion of privacy

Dana Nessel (WDIV)
Dana Nessel (WDIV)

LANSING, Mich. – As consumers scramble to finalize their holiday shopping, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a consumer alert urging credit card users to be mindful of a new scam where thieves collect personal information when swiping their card.

Nessel issued the alert Friday. By hacking the merchant’s point-of-sale networks, thieves are finding ways to steal credit card information from transactions made via card readers. The alert provides tips to avoid this invasion of privacy, including using a chip-reader and swiping with credit instead of debit.

View the consumer alert here.