Beware the riskiest places to use your debit card

Beware the riskiest places to use your debit card
Be careful where you swipe your debit card. The risk of fraud is everywhere, but experts say certain places are more dangerous than others.

(CNN) - Be careful where you swipe your debit card. The risk of fraud is everywhere, but experts say certain places are more dangerous than others. Here are the risky places you should avoid.

1. Outdoor ATMs. Bankrate says thieves can easily capture your bank card information by running it through a skimming machine installed over the real car reader. Instead, experts recommend using an ATM inside a retail outlet where that’s less likely to happen.

2. Gas stations. Bankrate says they’re a danger zone because they’re less secure and transactions require very little supervision. Cash or credit cards are the best ways to pay at the pump.

3. Online purchases. Bankrate experts say this may be the most dangerous place to make purchases, saying there’s potential for hacking at many points during a transaction.

4. Bars and restaurants. Just think about it. You give your card to the server and the card is out of your hands and out of your control. You have no way of knowing whether your card’s information was copied while it was gone. Safeguarding your payment information means staying alert at all times.

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