Friday, February 17, 2006

How Thiefs Steal BANK ATM Details

Well, I just received this e-mail and I know it is true and worth sharing with others. There are several times when I was at the cash machine and can notice marks of double sided tape around the place where we slot our cards. There have been numerous cases reported and I have heard of many stories from victims themselves. My aim of posting this on my blog is to create awareness.

Here is the e-mail:

Bank ATM's Converted to Steal IDs of Bank Customers

A team of organized criminals are installing equipment on legitimate bank ATM's 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 using the 800 number or phone on the front of the ATM.
The equipment used to capture your ATM card number and PIN are 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 directly from the bank ATM.
ATM Thiefs
Equipment being installed on front of existing bank card slot.
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The equipment as it appears installed over the normal ATM bank slot.
ATM Thiefs
The PIN reading camera being installed on the ATM is housed in an innocent looking leaflet enclosure.
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The camera shown installed and ready to capture PIN's by looking down on the keypad as you enter your PIN .

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