Watch out for ATM Skimmers

by Mark R

skim1-2I never heard of an ATM Skimmer before today, but now that I have, I am scared. It reminds me of the time when I heard about the identity thieves that supposedly dig in your garbage to get your personal information. I’ve been shredding my bills ever since.

The ATM Skimmer is most certainly a cool gadget, unless you are a victim of it. As you can see by the illustration, it is a slot that is designed to fit over an ordinary ATM card reader of your typical ATM.

This particualr one was found on a Citibank ATM in Woodland Hills, California. When a customer went to withdraw some cash, little did he or she know that his or her card was scanned by a thief. The Skimmer also had a tiny camera to record the user as he or she entered his or her PIN number. I would imagine that the thief probably planned to have retrieved the Skimmer, and started printing phony ATM cards. Then the scoundrel would have gone and made some seriously illegal withdrawals.

Of course, this thief would not be making “easy money”. This card reader is a pretty complex device, even though it could have been made from parts from an ordinary MP3 Player.

I suppose that the lesson to be learned is to watch out before you use the ATM. I wonder if I would have spotted the ATM Skimmer. You had better believe that I will be looking close next time.


9 reviews or comments

GEE WONG Says: January 20, 2010 at 8:41 am


rag Says: January 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I’m sorry…
…Where do I get one of these?
I missed that part…


jj Says: April 26, 2010 at 5:08 am

I am scared

Slapman Says: May 19, 2010 at 4:53 am

A scammer that scams people that wanna scam ….perfect !

biznis atm Says: August 4, 2010 at 6:37 am

who ar einterested only for original mask for atm skimmer making tell me i sell only mask not full skimmer you can make alone and will cost you not so much money. i sell 3 wincor and 1 diebold mask for 500 euro only msg me for good deal.

Sniper [+] Says: February 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

If I ever find one of these skimmers, I will look for the owner who will most definitely be keeping and eye out. I will firstly shove it up his Anus. Then I will put him/her in my car trunk/boot and take them somewhere secluded and then call all my friends and do as we please but make it so painful they beg for mercy and wish they were not born.

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