What’s happening to fight skimming? For one thing, newer credit card terminals can’t be bugged. And portable terminals, which would enable a waiter to swipe a credit card at a customer’s table, are available, although not widespread. The U.S. Secret Service is working with the credit card industry to track down skimming rings by assembling a database of locations where scams have occurred.
As with any kind of credit card fraud, a consumer victim is not on the hook for the bill. Someone living in San Diego won’t have to pay for a thief’s $5,000 shopping spree in Hong Kong with a counterfeit credit card.