How to spot, if you’re using a rigged ATM which may clone your card
If the card reader looks janky, loose or tampered don’t use it, inform bankers If the card reader looks janky, loose or tampered don’t use it, inform bankers
Bengaluru: Those days of losing your wallet and having worrying if someone picks it up before you can cancel your card. Now someone may run riots with your bank account and your plastic may be safely tucked in the pocket. Card cloning is one of the dangerous innovations of the 21st century.
This technique is simple, cheap to operate and almost invisible to the untrained eyes. To keep it simple; a small scanning device is added to the card slot of an ATM. When you slide your card past it, in fact, you are sliding through a counterfeit reader, which scans the information for storage or transmission via Bluetooth /wireless to someone nearby.
To get your PIN number, they use small strategically placed cameras (That’s why you should always cover your PIN) or a fake keypad placed over the real keypad, just like the card slot scanners. To avoid the attack of the clones, one can follow few go-to tricks like covering the PIN and looking out for the warning signs of ATM sabotage.
But, when you never saw a hacked ATM how can you make out the difference?
Check to see if the card reader seems janky, if it is loose, if it looks like tampered with it or it is damaged or something about it just looks off, don’t use it. 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 fingerprints will be on it which will make it more difficult for the police to recover bad guy prints.
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.