Criminals are evolving their methods for stealing our bank details
I drove onto the forecourt, put my card in the machine, entered my PIN, took out the diesel pump and started to fill my car. A little while later, I had a full tank of fuel, I was happy. The supermarket had the £50 that I'd paid them for the fuel, and they were happy. And the person who put the skimmer on the card machine attached to the petrol pump had my card details. Presumably, they were happy also.
It wasn't too many days before I had a message from my bank asking if I'd just made a purchase in a small town in the USA.
A decade or so later, the same thing is happening to millions of people worldwide, both in-person and online.
Card cloning and skimming devices are nothing new. Criminals have been stealing card details since cards have been commonly used. But over the last few decades, as card use has increased online, so have the tools used to steal them. Now, rather than inserting our cards into physical devices, we enter the details on websites and apps.