Reminder to careful using cashpoint dispensers
Hi Folks, just reading on chat earlier about peeps having problems trying to withdraw money from cashpoint dispensing machines, most folk on here will already be aware of taking precautions & checking to see if machines may have been tampered with but here is a little reminder of the lengths that the scum will go to steal your hard earned money, especially relevant for those who visit bookie shops reguarly so maybe use machines often.
We have had a spate of recent attempts in my area so I thought it may be a good time to remind everyone, regardless of what place you live at, not to be too complacent.
The last sentence of this statement made me laugh.
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If it is rare here it’s nothing new. Cash machines, like banks and building societies, have been targeted by thieves for years.
The main danger users face has always been “shoulder surfing”. Someone in the queue behind will stand close enough to peer over your shoulder and watch as you enter your PIN. Then your pocket will be picked and your card stolen.
It’s still a danger that the police warn against. But since then the criminals have become a lot more sophisticated, focusing on the machines rather than the customers themselves, with the techniques of card-trapping and skimming.
It was card-trapping that was tried at Morrisons and in The Lanes. It is done using a loop – a very thin plastic strip with a lip inserted into the card slot.
The strip prevents the card from coming out, so it appears to have been swallowed by the machine. The criminals are then able to pull the card out by the lip.
Or there is skimming. All the data on your cash card is contained in the magnetic strip that runs along the back. Skimming devices attached to the front of the ATM copy all that data, which can then be transferred onto a counterfeit card.
They are usually coupled with a miniature pinhole camera or hidden mobile phone concealed above the keypad, recording as customers enter their PIN. This was the technique used at the Cumberland Building Society in Kingstown and the Santander machine on Wigton Road.
One other technique is to jam the cash dispensing slot, so that customers think the machine is faulty and leave. The criminals then remove the jam – and the cash. It’s a technique which has not been reported in Carlisle recently but has been used in south Cumbria, at ATMs in Bowness, Ambleside and Windermere.
But how do you know whether a cash machine has been tampered with? The main advice from police is to be wary of any machine that looks unusual, and if you have any suspicions about it, don’t use it.
However Mrs Stevens admits there are often few tell-tale signs. The most professional skimming devices are moulded from genuine machines to fit over them perfectly. And as Mrs Bernard points out: “We didn’t notice anything different about the Cumberland machine.”
Mrs Stevens explains: “Some of them are very crude devices put over the front, even attached with velcro. Others recreate the whole frontage of a cash machine, and it can be very difficult to tell in some cases.”
But she does advise: “See if its appearance has changed since you last used it. If you do see anything untoward, do not use the machine and report it to the bank and police immediately.”
Skimming devices are usually home-made by criminals, with components that can all be bought legitimately.
Doriena Koldenhof of the Payments Council says the cleverest of them are always well concealed, and agrees with Mrs Stevens that one of the few signs of tampering is whether the machine looks at all different since you last used it.
“Nothing should come off a cash machine or seem loose, and obviously there should be no wires hanging from it.
“Wiggle it about a bit and if it does seem loose then don’t use it.”
Last edited by Rollops; 02/05/2012 at 13:48.
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thanked for this post
Sage advice indeed.
Originally Posted by Rollops
cashpoint closed me down ages ago
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