Beware new ATM scamming devices
Ahead of the festive season, Security Web has sent out crucial information on a new ATM Scamming device operating in shopping centres, petrol stations and convenience stores all over Joburg which tricks unsuspecting ATM users out of their funds. Devices are used to scan magstrip details directly from your ATM card. Simultaneously, while your magstrip is being read, a camera located in the side of the 'skimmer' is viewing every key you push on the keypad. This means that not only do criminals have your card information but also your pin number, making it simple to transfer your details to any card with a magstrip and draw funds from an ATM without your knowledge.
HOW TO SPOT A SKIMMING DEVICE
Disguised to seamlessly look like part of an ATM, 'skimmers' are devices installed by thieves to surreptitiously swipe your credit and debit-card information.
- Before swiping your debit, cheque or credit card, wiggle the protruding slot in which you slide your card, thieves often install skimmers on top of the ATM's actual slot and secure the skimmer with adhesive.
- Check the device and wiggle it to see if it's loose or if it falls off. Look for remnants or residue of double-sided tape. Anything that looks unusual, check it out.
- If the keypad is raised above the surface of the desk at the ATM, it may be that thieves have installed a keypad over the existing one.
- Users are also advised to use only newer ATM's with a green plastic tab protruding from the machine next to the slot. The tab makes it much more difficult for a skimmer to be installed.
- When you type in your PIN on the machine, cover it up so no one can see it, because some have cameras that read or view your PIN as you enter it.