Travel Tip of the Day: This Is What an ATM Skimmer Looks Like

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This Is What an ATM Skimmer Looks Like

Ever wonder what a credit card skimmer looks like? Ben Tedesco, who works for a security software company, was on vacation recently with his family in Vienna, Austria, when he spotted a credit card skimmer. Crooks use these devices to get your card’s personal information and usually involve a camera (one can be spotted in this video) so they can then create a duplicate card.

I’ve heard about skimmers being placed inside of ATM readers (see this story about Mexico’s ATM problems), but I didn’t know they could take the form of covers as in this video. As you can see, checking the ATM’s card reader paid off for Ben. Going forward, I’ll be double checking and continuing to cover my password with my hand just in case anyone (or a camera) is looking. It’s also a good idea to use an ATM machine inside a major bank instead of some random one.

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This tip was once a popular Travel Video of the Week post.

 

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Travel Tip of the Day: This Is What an ATM Skimmer Looks Like
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13 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: This Is What an ATM Skimmer Looks Like"

  1. Thank you

  2. that’s just so scary! Thanks for the knowledge Don’t they have a CCTV by the ATM?

  3. Thanks for posting. This is valuable info everyone needs.

  4. Thank you tons for sharing this useful tip, I’ve shared it with my audience

  5. I shared this post and now it keeps reposting over and over. Please tell me how to stop it!

  6. I heard you talking about ATM skimmers with Leo last weekend. It was the first time I had heard the term. Thanks so much for sharing this video, which aptly illustrates just what the little devils look like and how they are designed to blend right in with the ATM.

  7. For him to start filming BEFORE he even got to the atm makes me think he was the one who put it there, then tried to be the hero by warning everyone what he “found”

  8. Now that is shocking! Never seen one of those before, makes you think before you place your card into a machine nowadays.

  9. Kirreck Williams | September 30, 2016 at 5:27 am | Reply

    Thanks! This is a huge tip. Traveling to Brazil for World Cup 2014, authorities put out travel advisories to not exchange at ATMs in airports and on the street that wasn’t located in a bank, skimmers had installed these all over. I did not know what one looked like.

  10. I recently fell victim to the exact model green skimmer at Bank of America just outside the American Express Tower. I withdrew $ and then seconds later BOA shut my card down and texted me an alert that I had been skimmed. So the thing is, it looked “loose” and a little suspect to me, but I dipped my card in anyway. Why? Because its the freaking banking center of the free world, nestled in between BOA, Merrill and Goldman Sachs. It’s next to ground zero. There’s more security in this area than anywhere in the world. Eye in the sky cameras EVERYWHERE….There was literally a security guard manning the ATM I dipped. Still got skimmed. NOTHING is safe.

  11. Thanks for this very valuable heads up. Standard procedure from now on is to check the ATM before inputting the card. Again thanks a lot.

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