And culprits get better as time pass by! Here’s some information passed through e-mail and you may find this one interesting and this should serve as a warning for those frequent ATM users. I got this information through an e-mail sent by my colleague and here’s the information.
Equipment being installed on front of an existing bank card slot.
The equipment as it appears installed over the normal ATM bank slot.
There’s a third picture missing but as the next picture shows, a hidden camea is being installed over the leaflets on the side of the machine where culprits can get your ATM pin number.
As the e-mail states, this type of crime is performed by organized criminals installing equipment on legitimate bank ATMs to steal ATM number and PIN. The team sits nearby in a car receiving the information transmitted wirelessly over weekends and evenings from equipment they install on the front of the ATM (as shown in the photos). If you see an attachment like this, do not use the ATM and report it immediately to the bank or phone the number on the front of the ATM.
The equipment used to capture your ATM card number and PIN are cleverly disguised to look like normal ATM equipment. A “skimmer” is mounted to the front of the normal ATM card slot that reads the ATM card number and transmits it to the criminals sitting in a nearby car. t the same time, a wireless camera is disguised to look like a leaflet holder and is mounted in a position to view ATM PIN entries. The thieves copy the cards and use the PIN numbers to withdraw thousands from many accounts in a very short time directly from the bank ATM.
Postscript: Sounds alarming that sniffers like this installed on legitimate devices (such as cash machines in groceries) are utilized to take advantage of other people. In fact, in Landmark TriNoma, I was surprised that the cash registers can get the card number of my BPI card (using EPS) and perhaps these culprits use the same technology to steal off money.
Again, this may serve as a warning and withdraw only on trusted areas.