I thought about an activity that might engage students to learn more about identity theft. One popular way to steal an identity is through “skimming.” What is skimming?
From Fox News:
“It’s a small digital gadget that reads the magnetic information from your credit or debit card. Thieves install them in ATMs, gas pumps and vending machines, or they use a handheld unit to steal thousands of cards in no time and make millions of dollars.”
I searched Google News over the past month and there were over 1400 references to “credit card skimming.” Here is a sampling of headlines:
- Credit card skimming device found at Monroe gas station (Monroe News)
- Credit card skimmers found at RTD light rail stations (Denver Post)
- West Haven police seek attempted ATM “skimming” suspects (NBC Connecticut)
- Overland Park man admits skimming credit cards at Taco Bell (KMBC)
- I-Drive Hotel employee used skimming device (WFTV.com)
Now that students are convinced this an issue, send them out for a WebQuest to find ways to protect themselves from skimmers. Ask them to come up with at least three strategies.
Check out the NGPF Lesson on Scams, Frauds and Identity Theft