In a recent Bucks post, “More on Spotting A.T.M. Skimmers,” John Pearce of the security company ADT Security Services shared tips for spotting the devices, including inspecting the A.T.M. and the area around the A.T.M.
Besides following his tips and knowing how to spot a skimmer, you may also want to avoid using A.T.M.’s after hours when you have to swipe your card into a reader to open the door and get to the machine.
According to a new report from Krebs on Security, which we learned about from the Consumerist blog, thieves are now adding skimmers around the devices into which customers swipe their cards to unlock the door to A.T.M.’s. These A.T.M.’s are often found in bank and building lobbies.
Here’s how Krebs on Security describes the scams: “Thieves remove the card swipe device attached to the outside door, add a skimmer and then reattach the device to the door. The attackers then place a hidden camera just above or beside the A.T.M., so that the camera is angled to record unsuspecting customers entering their PINs.” The Krebs piece says the thieves usually return later at night to remove the devices. The piece also details an example of this scam, including pictures.
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