You'd Never Spot These Hidden Card Skimmers That Are On The Rise

You'd Never Spot These Hidden Card Skimmers That Are on the Rise

Watch where you put your card. The ATM security organisation EAST has published a new report pointing out that the use of so-called Throat Inlay Skimming devices -- which are hidden within the card slot -- is rising. These kinds of devices, pictured above, are "placed inside the card reader throat in front of the shutter", according to EAST. The organisation claims that three countries across Europe have reported a rise in the use of such devices, though it doesn't say which ones.

Elsewhere, even smaller Internal Skimming Devices, one of which is pictured below, have been found in another unnamed country. These devices are typically "placed inside the motorised card reader behind the shutter".

You'd Never Spot These Hidden Card Skimmers That Are on the Rise

While these kinds of devices are being used more frequently, the report also suggests that skimming attacks as a whole aren't on the rise -- and in fact some nations which are major ATM deployers are actually reporting a decrease in their use.

While it's practically impossible to spot some of these devices, the advice remains the same: Don't use any card machine that looks suspicious, and report unusual activity on your account to the bank as soon as you can.



    There seems to be a simple way to help combat these things. Instead of spruking their dubious financial services, have the ATM screen display a photo of the slot of that particular machine taken when it was installed. This would make it a lot easier to detect changes.

      thats a pretty slick idea - easy and low cost to implement and i imagine would help a great deal. nice one!

      That's a frickin awesome idea. Like seriously.

    How about they put sensors in and around the card slot and when it detects a foreign object it automatically locks the ATM and notifies the financial institution and police that the ATM has been tampered with.

      that just makes it more obscure, and more specific devices would be inserted to also fool the sensors... its not really a solution. though newer card reading devices (which atm's use) do have advanced sensor setups now and im sure newer ones still are considering this to make it more difficult but its never impossible

    Also, I guess what do you do when you do spot one? Call the cops from a safe distance not letting the skimmers who are watching know you are on to them. A friend of my partner spotted one in the UK once when her card got stuck, and tried to remove it but couldn't. Minute she walked away and called a number they ram-raided the ATM right in front of her.

    Also - if you're visiting Brazil for the Olympics, only use ATMs inside banks. My wife was scammed by a fake HSBC ATM at Rio International Airport. Apparently this is very common and some even give you the money you requested - before draining your account over the next few days. Her credit card was also scammed after being used by a few hotels for the security deposit. Keep a sticker over your CVV number and don't let that card out of your sight.

    Best thing would be a glass guard that only opens once you enter your pin into a keypad so when a skimmer needs to access the slot they would need to enter a pin given to them by the bank.

    that wouldn't help at all, the scammers could have accounts with that bank independently and therefor have that pin anyway - or they could just ask someone for it... thats a bit silly - or if you mean a pin related to your account specifically then you would need to put your card in first so either way makes no sense. sorry.

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