An ATM repair man has taken to Reddit to offer up some important tips to help spot whether a cash machine has been rigged to clone your card.
Cash machines are increasingly being targeted by scammers keen to secure valuable pin numbers and with them entry to a variety of personal bank accounts.
They often work by cloning the card used to withdraw from the machine, making it essential that users know how to spot these seriously dodgy bits of scamming technology.
The problem is that some of these systems have now become so sophisticated, it’s difficult to spot them without some prior knowledge of the technology being used.
Fortunately, an ATM repair man took part in a discussion on the very topic on Reddit, offering some sound advice in the process.
His message, in full, read:
“ATM Repair guy here. I’m not usually one to hijack a comment, but here are some tips.
As stated in other comments, check to see if the card reader seems janky. If it’s loose, if it looks like anyone has tampered with it or it is damaged or something about it just looks off, don’t use it.
“On a Diebold ATM, all of the previous still stands but you should also look for green flashing LEDs on the insert for the card reader. If they are red or nonvisible, do not use the ATM. Tell the bank that they have an issue and either they will check it or a guy like me will show up to check it out.
“If you believe you have found a skimmer and you are not at a bank branch or they are closed, LEAVE THE PREMISE, CALL THE COPS AND DO NOT REMOVE IT LIKE OP [Original poster] DID. Your finger prints will be on it which will make it more difficult for the police to recover bad guy prints. Good job. But beyond that, the way these things work is that there is a person nearby watching a bluetooth connection on a laptop. They probably see you. This is a quick way to get mugged.
“Good luck and stay safe, folks”
Consider yourself told.
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