Christmas shopping is a very unique form of consumption. People are compelled by societal, familial and personal expectations to buy all kinds of stuff for other people. There is always a ticking clock and sometimes there are unpleasant crowds of people. Bad decisions will be made. Buying a sweater that is the wrong color is one thing… Giving your credit card information to a criminal is another.
The best way to avoid scams like skimming is to leave your cards at home and use CASH. Don’t have much cash? Let family and friends know that you are having a ‘cash’ Christmas and that they should lower their expectations.