Monday, May 09, 2005

High-tech ATM frauds

A Gothamist post alerted me to yet another danger in the ever-increasing crime field of identity theft: ATM skimmers. These are devices that are mounted on legit ATMs, often a hidden camera or a real-looking card-swipe cover, for thieves to steal your info in broad daylight and transfer money using your account number and PIN. The reputable urban-legend debunking site Snopes.com deems this sneaky tactic TRUE, and offers some visual guides for inspecting an ATM before using it.

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