Travel Video of the Week: 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 last week 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 doublechecking 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.

H/T to TechCrunch.

Johnny Jet

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Johnny Jet
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1 Comment on "Travel Video of the Week: What an ATM Skimmer Looks Like"

  1. It is crazy, amazing what kind of scamming tools they come up with. Thanks for putting this warning out there again!

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