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Skimmers stealing your ID from ATMs

Posted in Crime Prevention April 13th, 2009 @ 11:06 am

Recently, a team of organized criminals have been caught in L.A. and NYC for installing equipment on legitimate bank ATMS. This equipment steals both the ATM card number and the PIN number. In Texas, the police have put out an alert about this operation.

Here’s how it is being done in Texas. A team sits nearby in a car receiving the information transmitted wirelessly. This is done usually over weekends and evenings. These criminals install a “skimmer” that is mounted to the front of the ATM card slot. The skimmer reads the ATM card number and transmits the information to the criminals. A wireless camera disguised to look like a leaflet holder is mounted in a position to view ATM PIN entries. You can see the pictures of the fake skimmers and camera at this web site .

The thieves copy the cards and use the PIN numbers to withdraw thousands of dollars from accounts quickly and directly from the bank ATM.

If you should find one of these skimmers on your bank’s ATM machine, contact the bank immediately and don’t use the ATM. The police can’t do anything until the bank files a criminal complaint.

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