Stolen PIN With Infrared Camera

How The Scam Works:

(video below) Technology advances so fast that we can't afford to ignore the latest trends. Unfortunately, oftentimes criminals are a step ahead everyone and take advantage of the tech gadgets to victimize people all over the world. Now it is one of those seasons.

These days crooks can steal your PIN even if you cover your fingers when you press the keypad at any shopping store. How does the scam work?


Watch How The Scam Works:

Watch the video below to see in action the shocking Stolen PIN with Infrared Camera scam:

Stolen PIN With Infrared Camera Video

Let's imagine this scenario: You finally cleared up your credit card enough to get yourself new clothes, cosmetic products, or a bunch of groceries. You grab your purchases and walk up to the counter, anxious to get home.

You're so excited about having the shopping done, you're not even bothered by the man behind you texting on his cell phone. You pull out your credit card and start chatting with the teller.

You think nothing of it and go home. It's a few weeks later when you get your credit card bill – only to find a number of charges you didn't make. Little did you know the guy behind you pressing the buttons on his cell phone… wasn't really texting; he was just subtle about having his phone out so he could activate the camera and record those seconds when your credit card is passed back and forth, registering the numbers on it.

> It gets worse. After you had left the counter, the scammer used a FLIR One infrared camera to steal your PIN. FLIR One is a great tool (for businesses and many other right reasons) launched recently, which reads heat and infrared motion.

For example, if you touch an object, you can see exactly where the heat from the body got in contact with the object. This way is extremely easy for the scammer who comes right after in you in line to see the numbers you pressed on the PIN pad (as seen in the image above, where the PIN, for example, was 2563).

The last number you pressed has the most intense red infrared colour since it's timely-based. This way, the scammer could tell the order you pressed your PIN since the colour is the least bright on the first button touched.

The FLIR One camera gets attached to the back of an iPhone 5 just like a protective plastic cover. When the scammer comes to the shop counter after you, all he needs to do is to point the phone to the PIN pad – and boom, he has you PIN. Since he filmed your card for those 10-15 seconds while it was out passed around from you to the clerk and back, he now also has your card number and expiration date, too.


How To Avoid The Stolen PIN Scam:

Always be wary of people around you using a phone when you're pulling out your credit card. If you see someone, make sure to cover as much of the numbers as you can, just in case. It could just be a guy talking to his girlfriend about what he needs to get at the store – but it could also be the scammer who maxes out your freshly paid-off credit card.

To avoid the FLIR One scam, all you need to do is to keep another finger or two on different keys at all times, just so the heat is registered on those keys and confuse the scammer on which numbers you pressed.


How To Report The Stolen PIN Scam:

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 closes Police office or to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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5 thoughts on “Stolen PIN With Infrared Camera”

  1. I wonder if, after your pin, you press extra keys, will it give an error? If not you could press as many as you like and really confuse the camera image.

  2. Scam Detector Team

    hmm… Interesting to find that out C Lowrey! Good question. The answer is probably yes, since most likely stylus doesn’t leave heat marks.

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