Bank Machine Device

ATM Device Scam: How It Works

(with video below) You walk up to an ATM, absentmindedly insert your card and type in your PIN. You walk away with your cash and get on with the day. A few days later, you start to notice some unusual charges on your card. Little did you know, the ATM you used had a thin device in the slot where you inserted your card.

This device can read your card number. Meanwhile, a minuscule well-hidden video camera captures your PIN. After you leave, scammers come to collect the equipment and soon empty your accounts using the PIN.

Watch the video below to see the Bank Machine Device scam exposed:

ATM Bank Machine Device Scam Video


ATM Device Scam: How To Avoid

Always make sure the slot where you insert your card has nothing attached to it. These devices may be cleverly disguised to look like normal parts of an ATM, so look carefully. If you see one of these devices, contact your local police department to help your fellow bankers from being made victims.

There is a similar scam happening at gas stations as well. See the Gas Station Skimmer Scam.

On the other hand, there have been several reports that the same style of devices has been used by criminals inside major stores that have self-checkout lanes.

They go in couples to the machine, pretending to pay for their groceries, and while one of them stands strategically so he can block the security cameras’ view, the other one installs the device on top of the payment terminal.

You can see how these fake devices look like below, with and without the terminal. A few hours later, criminals come back to collect the skimmer along with all the information that is stored on it.


ATM Device Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to your local Police department or to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here


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Bill Wassell

I always cup my hand over the pin numbers and peep under my hand even in super markets


we were scammed like this. Lost $2000 over 3 days. Bank took 8 weeks to refund because it was not a credit card and said it was our money not theirs!

tiziano galli

The worst thing of the thecnology is that too simple to learn by the criminals

Ocean ATM

This is very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

Ocean ATM

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