You may think that the ATM you're using is perfectly normal. After all, it may even be in the bank building. And you cover your hand while typing your PIN, anyway, just in case there's a hidden camera. Well, think again.
This is some of the technology that crooks are using to steal your credit card information and personal identification numbers: fake keyboards on top of regular keyboards to capture your PIN, custom made plastic cases full of spare electronic parts taken from MP3 players, mobile phones and other gadgets, cameras hidden on fake advertising holders... all set in a way that it would be almost impossible to detect unless you are an expert. And that's when they are not making a full fake ATM.
It's no wonder that ATM crime is increasing in the US. In Europe, however, things are more difficult for these gangs because of the chip-and-PIN technology they use. Until we adopt it here - some banks are starting to issue them - just keep an eye on wherever you stick your card. [Spiegel]