skim·​mer | \ ˈski-mər How to pronounce skimmer (audio) \

Definition of skimmer

1 : one that skims specifically : a flat perforated scoop or spoon used for skimming
2 : any of a small genus (Rynchops) of long-winged marine birds that have the lower mandible longer than the upper
3 : a usually straw flat-crowned hat with a wide straight brim
4 : a fitted sleeveless dress with a usually flaring skirt
5 : a device that is attached to an electronic card reader (as on an ATM) and used to obtain data (such as a credit card number) secretly and illicitly The credit union said someone had fitted a skimmer over the ATM card slot to collect information on inserted cards but the company said it wasn't sure how many cards had been affected at this time.The Leader-Herald (Gloversville, NewYork) Once you put your card in, the device, called a skimmer, reads and records all the account information stored on the magnetic strip, and even retrieves your PIN as you punch it into the keypad.— Mary Hunt

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The site belongs to sportswear seller Umbro Brasil, which as of Tuesday morning was infected by two rival skimmer groups. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers," 20 Nov. 2018 Deep inserts—skimmers engineered to be jammed deep into the card reader slots themselves. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Credit card skimmers now need to fear the Reaper," 15 Aug. 2018 Because the first group used unobfuscated JavaScript, the skimmer is much more vulnerable to tampering by rivals. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers," 20 Nov. 2018 The Secret Service estimates that millions of dollars are stolen from consumers hit by skimmers every year. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Beware Credit Card Skimmers at Gas Stations This July Fourth, Secret Service Warns," 3 July 2018 Lower Your Water Level Use a water pump to lower the water level about a foot below the skimmer. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Your Pool," 25 Oct. 2018 So the next time her pool started to get cloudy, Lisa tossed a Magic Eraser in the skimmer basket. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Grandma Cleaned Her Slimy Green Pool in 24 Hours Using a Single Magic Eraser," 18 July 2018 Fur-like plastic on the skimmers' rotating discs will help absorb oil. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "New oil spill fleet arriving in Prince William Sound as Crowley prepares to exit," 15 Apr. 2018 The Texas Food and Fuel Association has begun a campaign to help Texans watch out for the skimmers, devices illegally installed in pumps to steal bank information. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Get ready to go first, Texans. The country is watching," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of skimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of skimmer

: a spoon with holes in it that is used by cooks for skimming things

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