atm-skimmerUnfortunately, 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:

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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17 Comments On "Bet You Don't Know What an ATM Skimmer Looks Like"
  1. Anonymous|

    Thank you

  2. TakaTaka|

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

  3. Jai|

    Thanks for posting. This is valuable info everyone needs.

  4. jackie|

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

  5. Sheryl|

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

    1. Johnny Jet|

      I’m not sure what you mean?

  6. Kathy Jones|

    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. Cal|

    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”

    1. Johnny Jet|

      I’m pretty sure he spotted it and then stepped back to do an intro

  8. Nathan|

    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|

    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. Char|

    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. Imad Nohad|

    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.

  12. John|

    Useful information for preparing an absolutely safe travel. Thanks

  13. Mike C|

    Banks should be checking their ATMs at least 3x a day for these – where location is at a bank. Other ATMs at least every time cash is put into the machine. And maybe at those non bank locations, the business there should check also.

    1. Johnny Jet|


  14. Jane Long|

    I had seen samples of skimmers before which fit inside the card slot, but I had never seen one like this before. Thanks for posting this valuable information.

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