Unfortunately, fraud is something we all need to be on the lookout for, both at home and abroad. From email phishing scams to fraudulent phone calls, people really need to be on their toes. Earlier this year, officers from the NYPD 121st Precinct talked to local bank customers about protecting their money and detecting ATM skimming. They shared some tips in the tweet below:
Neighborhood Coordination Officers visiting local establishments to instruct customers and employees about detecting and preventing ATM skimming!
✅ Be aware of surrounding
✅ Protect your pin
✅ Inspect machine before use pic.twitter.com/U1sjhvMC6g
— NYPD 121st Precinct (@NYPD121Pct) February 3, 2022
This is great advice and a good reminder for all of us. But ever wonder what a credit card skimmer actually looks like? Ben Tedesco, who works for a security software company, was on vacation 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 below) 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 watching. It’s also a good idea to use an ATM machine inside a major bank instead of a random one.
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