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Bank ATMs Converted to Steal IDs of Bank Customers

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posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 06:34 PM
A team of organised criminals is installing equipment on legitimate bank ATMs in at least 2 regions to steal both the ATM card number and the PIN. The team sits nearby in a car receiving the information transmitted wirelessly over weekends and evenings from equipment they install on the front of the ATM (see photos).

If you see an attachment like this, do not use the ATM and report it immediately to the bank.

The equipment used to capture your ATM card number and PIN is cleverly disguised to look like normal ATM equipment. A "skimmer" is mounted to the front of the normal ATM card slot that reads the ATM card number and transmits it to the criminals sitting in a nearby car.
At the same time, a wireless camera is disguised to look like a leaflet holder and is mounted in a position to view ATM PIN entries.
The thieves copy the cards and use the PIN numbers to withdraw thousands from many accounts in a very short time period directly from the bank ATM.

Equipment being installed on front of existing bank card slot.

The equipment as it appears installed over the normal ATM bank slot.

The PIN reading camera being installed on the ATM is housed in an innocent looking leaflet enclosure.

The camera shown installed and ready to capture PINs by looking down on the keypad as you enter your PIN.


posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 06:43 PM
There was also a story a while back on Dateline about this. One guy was using a "card cleaner" gimic... He set up a stand next to an ATM that said "Clean Your Card For Free!". Well, swipe, and he has all your info...

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 06:46 PM
We have this problem in Britain too.

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 06:51 PM
link to problem in Britain

Supprised this hasn`t been in US before.

[edit on 17-6-2004 by weirdo]

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 06:59 PM
Weirdo, I too am from the UK, and I have heard about this problem over here, but this was sent to me as an email as a world wide problem, so I thought i'd give everybody the "heads up" on it before it was to late.

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 07:06 PM
Sorry didn`t notice you were from London Duh

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