Most people who go shopping at Walmart are looking for a good deal. Others are looking for unsuspecting victims they can fleece.Police are still looking for the criminals who installed card skimmers in two U.S. Walmarts, one in Fredericksburg, Virginia and the other in Fort Wright Kentucky. Unfortunately for customers, neither of the skimmers was detected before card data had been captured.The device used in Fort Wright is the one you see above. It’s an incredibly faithful reproduction of an Ingenico payment terminal, and it’s priced with that in mind. According to security expert Brian Krebs, a convincing device like this one retails for as much as $300 on the black market — and that’s without the electronic components that actually let criminals swipe data.This one was discovered fairly quickly — about a week after it had been affixed to a self-checkout. Police have surveillance footage of the two men who installed it, but so far they’ve been unable to track them down.If you’re wondering how easy it is to install one of these skimmers without being caught, this video of a skimmer being fitted in a Miami Beach store makes it clear:In the Virginia case, the criminals managed to compromise a lot more cards. According to a Walmart statement, card data was stolen during March and April… so it was active for weeks. So far, 37 members of a local credit union have reported fraudulent charges on their accounts that are believed to be linked to the Walmart skimmer.When they look this much like the real thing, it’s easy to see how a skimmer can go unnoticed — even at a busy Walmart. There’s a relatively simple fix, however: switch to chip and pin and don’t accept swipe payments anymore.The trouble with that is 1) it involves big companies voluntarily shelling out money to replace equipment and 2) it means cardholders would have to get cards replaced. It’s estimated that around 40% of Americans still haven’t updated to chipped credit cards, and debit cards are said to be even further behind.
RelatedShhhh… secret dining around the worldFrom Aberdeen to Alaska (via Amsterdam!), we give you the locals’ tips on where to eat on your next trip. Most of the staff at Skyscanner are pretty keen on their food – and with over 50 different nationalities working with us, who better to give you the insider’s guide…5 flights for £50 or less!5 flights for £50 or less!Bargains of the week: Berlin | Faro | BarcelonaBargains of the week: Berlin | Faro | Barcelona Barcelona: sandwiched between the Mediterranean seaboard and the hills of Montjuic, this Spanish gem is widely held as one of Europe’s coolest cities (though not in the temperature sense!).With over 4km of beaches within the city limits, plus vivacious nightlife, great food and fun people, Barcelona is a top city break destination.Name: JennyRole at Skyscanner: Account ManagerWhy? Barcelona is the most amazing city, and the only city I have visited which I immediately wanted to book tickets to go back to. With the mix of amazing architecture, food, bars and even a beach what more could you want?Stay: apartment on the Placa de Catalunya, which was great as the department store opposite had a food court, which meant that we could keep costs down by cooking a few meals while there.Eat: any tapas bar in the old quarter, but be careful, it is very easy to lose hours in bars eating tapas and drinking Spanish beer!Don’t Miss: pretty obvious, but for good reason the Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Also the Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, from the roof there are the most amazing views over Barcelona.The Magic Fountain of Montjuic, this is a light show at the fountains of Catalan Art Museum. It is only on at certain times; get there early to bag a good spot as it is always busy.The Cathedral of Barcelona in the oldest quarter of the city (Ciutat Vella) is beautiful and very peaceful, but make sure that you have something to cover your shoulders or you won’t get in. Apart from that, just wander around the Ciutat Vella and soak up the architecture.If you can’t get through a weekend without shopping, then head for Las Ramblas and the streets off it, where you’ll find some amazing boutiques with very funky clothes which are not too expensive.If you really want to chill out, go in the summer and spend a day on the beach.Do Miss: nothing! I can honestly say that I loved everything in Barcelona, apart from the Irish bars, (I’m from Northern Ireland) but that is standard for every city outside Ireland!Top Tip: read the Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon before going; not only is this an amazing book but it brings to life the old quarter of Barcelona.Also, be really careful with your bags, if you have to carry one with you make sure that there is nothing of value in it, leave all credit cards and passports at your accommodation, unfortunately theft and pick-pocketing is commonplace in Barcelona.Fly to Barcelona from: all London airports, Belfast, Liverpool, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and many more airports.Find cheap flights to BarcelonaRead more Skyscanner Staff favouritesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map