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ATM Skimming – beware the fake card slot scammers

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Can you spot the fake credit card slot on the photo above? Nope, it’s not easy. The credit card scammers (Dutch original) (aka skimmers) are getting very clever, so this is a public service announcement to advise everyone to watch out. Or to be doubly safe, don’t use your bank card to get cash in any machine outside of an actual bank premises, use a credit card (so at least your account can’t be cleared out).

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Watch out for leaflet boxes next to ATM machines, unusual attachments, strange tiny holes (for the pinhole camera) and anything else suspicious. Apparently these scams are now growing in number all over the place.

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 This past weekend I went to use the local WaMu ATM to get some cash money. When I walked up to the ATM something struck me as funny…I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but the card reader didn’t look right, like it wasn’t completely attached. I grabbed and pulled at the card reader and, lo and behold, it came off! It was actually a card skimmer attached to the ATM…

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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