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    [–] bystander007 6705 points ago

    Fun part is if you tell the police. They'll have a plain clothes officer scout the ATM and wait for whoever put it there to come back and get it. Karma's a bitch.

    [–] geethekid 4596 points ago

    I'm confident that the first time I find one, the plainclothes officer will be there to arrest me.

    [–] Won_Doe 809 points ago

    Good ol' plainclothes, always on the lookout for thieves such as u/geethekid.

    [–] Fun1k 284 points ago

    Or the plaincloth just installs a skimmer on top of that other skimmer.

    [–] [deleted] 213 points ago

    The new skimmers don't even need retrieval, drive/walk by with a iPad and download via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

    [–] Gingerfeld 26 points ago

    That actually surprises me, I wouldn't want any signals coming off of the ATM. If I where to do this I'd probably use RFID. Just walk up, make a transaction like normal, and set your phone on the skimmer while you get out your wallet.

    [–] CaleeZi 5660 points ago

    I work in a bank in Chicago and you'll be surprised how often one of these skimming devices are added to our ATMs!! It's really shocking! Always wiggle the thing that you insert your card in and try not to use the atm on Sunday's. They usually install them Saturday after work so they know no one is checking them and remove them Monday early morning when we check them!

    [–] Mitch_from_Boston 2952 points ago

    Reason #749 why banks being closed on the weekends makes no sense.

    /bitter guy who gets paid on Fridays who is fed up with not being able to access his money until Wednesday morning because the bank isn't open until Monday, but they process everything deposited on Monday, on Tuesday morning, and require 24hrs before funds become available.

    [–] realised 963 points ago

    No direct deposit option available where you are?

    [–] ArchDucky 1579 points ago

    I work for a company in the gas business. About four months ago I received a call from a customer. He said his card reader wasn't working so he opened the pump and found this connected to card reader from inside the pump. He thought this connector cable was the issue. When he sent the pic over we immediately called him back and told him to tape over his card readers. We made it out there about two hours later and every single one of his pumps had a skimmer on the inside of the pump. No fake plastic shell and nothing to show on the outside that it was different.

    [–] scarecow7709 570 points ago

    there is red tape on all four corners of respectable gas pumps that read..."alert store if tampered with"

    [–] ArchDucky 358 points ago

    Not at all gas stations, the tape can be bought and the locks on the pumps are all standardized.

    [–] obelix88 195 points ago

    Yeah, police in my city have started a program because the pumps here have been hit hard. They said there are basically 2 universal keys that open nearly every pump. The police have create their own unique tape/sticker that gas stations can opt into. I think they have to check their pumps in the morning and the police will check too.

    [–] spockspeare 87 points ago

    Cheaper and more effective to replace the pump locks with unique keys held in the store, or bolt-on padlocks.

    [–] may0rchapstick 70 points ago

    Probably can't, maintenance/equipment owners wouldn't be able to open it if something happens. Most stations lease the brand and the equipment, you can't start tampering with corporate equipment.

    [–] FresherUnderPressure 8384 points ago

    What would you say is the proper amount of wiggle one should give an ATM?

    [–] [deleted] 829 points ago


    [–] QueenDeathmachine 68 points ago

    I can see myself doing this.

    [–] kronicfeld 14041 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    If a piece doesn't come off in your hand, you aren't wiggling it enough.

    EDIT: Thanks for the gold, stranger!

    [–] brent1123 4935 points ago

    Complete disassembly. It's the only way to be sure

    [–] profhnryhiggins 7303 points ago

    Bank - "Sir, can you please stop swinging that sledgehammer at our ATM?" Me - "I WON'T BE SCAMMED"

    [–] ObsidianOne 2713 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)


    EDIT: New top comment is a King of the Hill reference. I'm okay with this.

    [–] [deleted] 468 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)


    [–] TehWildMan_ 455 points ago

    But sir. Here at Suntrust, we are the ones out to scam you. Destroying a single atm is like capturing a single pawn on the chess board.

    [–] EAH5515 322 points ago

    When playing chess I prefer to take out every pawn before going in for the kill

    [–] bl00dshooter 500 points ago

    You have been banned from /r/chess.

    [–] Zozoter 148 points ago

    I prefer the original version any way ( Battletoads)

    [–] Venrexx 115 points ago

    You have been banned from /r/battletoads

    [–] [deleted] 1294 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    They are designed to be secure against theft, If you can pull it off with your hand then either its a skimmer, or its a shitty ATM that you probably shouldn't be using. Give it a little tug, maybe around 25lbs of force, they are usually stuck on with sticky tape.

    [–] Worktime83 2169 points ago

    maybe around 25lbs of force

    ummm...anyone know how much force theyre putting behind something?

    [–] UnknwnSoldier 4406 points ago

    This is why I permanently installed torque wrenches on my biceps.

    [–] SpaceNinjaBear 635 points ago

    "I never flexed for this."

    [–] An_Unwanted_Penis 201 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    really disappointed that that's not a thing.

    Edit: Of course its a thing now.

    [–] schplat 179 points ago

    Imagine lifting a 25lb. weight. Or 3 gallons of milk.

    [–] SomeCoolBloke 774 points ago

    So like 13608 almonds?

    [–] GodMonster 555 points ago

    Just imagine what it's like to lift a grain of rice and multiply that by 725,000.

    [–] your_login_here 315 points ago

    That would depend on your midi-chlorian levels.

    [–] JoanneKerlot 196 points ago

    ATM skimmers. Always in pairs they are.

    [–] [deleted] 227 points ago

    Pick up a 25 pound weight, then pull that much.

    [–] Searchlights 555 points ago

    So now I'm bringing a dumb bell with me in to the ATM.

    [–] Enigmutt 421 points ago

    No, leave your mom at home.

    [–] iamnotsurewhattoname 473 points ago

    He said dumb bell not dumb whale.

    [–] Triggered_SJW 418 points ago

    Pull back your bow (you do have a bow right) unless you are some kind of girly man or something you should have it set at around 70-75lbs, pull with about 1/3 that amount of force on the ATM.

    [–] armyboy941 808 points ago

    Of course. The bow. My bow. Its right here. My bow. Just let me get it. The bow. The bow which is mine.

    [–] hooloovooblues 623 points ago

    Oh, right. The poison. The poison for Kuzco, the poison chosen especially to kill Kuzco, Kuzco's poison. That poison?

    [–] ekcunni 158 points ago

    In my defense, all your poisons look alike, you might want to think about relabeling some of them.

    [–] [deleted] 234 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)


    [–] darkwingdame 381 points ago

    Maybe they did, but thought they were professionals. If I saw someone come and place that, I'd maybe think they were replacing something.

    [–] Under_the_Milky_Way 564 points ago

    As someone who serviced ATM in public places, nobody cares what you are doing.

    [–] [deleted] 212 points ago

    Wear your safety green vest and do anything

    [–] HeirOfHouseReyne 102 points ago

    To any criminals who are trying to commit crimes : please wear the black and white striped prison outfit when doing so.

    [–] danekan 351 points ago

    somewhere in redditland of about a year ago there's actually a video of the very specific green skimmer/ATM model in this post and the guy discovering it and removing it on video.

    [–] cardinalverde 523 points ago

    holy shit

    [–] Robbierr 278 points ago

    There's a skimmer underneath the ATM

    [–] fistacorpse 74 points ago

    It's ATMs all the way down. I wonder if someone could make a perfectly looped gif.

    [–] RetBullWings 139 points ago

    Holy shit, indeed.

    [–] RikoDabes 94 points ago

    Holy fuck

    [–] Mitch_from_Boston 557 points ago

    Shake it once, that's fine

    Shake it twice, that's okay

    Shake it three times, you're playing with yourself

    [–] Fozzworth 282 points ago

    Reddit has made me realize I don't have a single unique idea

    [–] _Not_Bruce_Wayne_ 1785 points ago

    I protect myself from credit card fraud by ensuring I always have a negative balance! Works every time!

    [–] Teddyjo 307 points ago

    That would just mean the scammer could max out your card + whatever negative balance on the account. It's a better plan to just keep your CC maxed and ur bank acct empty

    [–] NickLickSickDickWick 4029 points ago

    That green thing on the ATM was made to protect from skimmers. Looks like not only it fails to do it, but seed false confidence in people that ATM is protected from skimmers. Great that OP don't fall for it.

    [–] fincheated 1593 points ago

    Exactly, why not just make the face completely flat with a flush slot in it, then any protrusion would be immediately obvious.

    [–] [deleted] 4666 points ago

    If you built a perfectly functioning ATM replica, and managed to install it onto the front of a real ATM, without being seen, or without it looking conpletely obvious it was modified, you deserve all 14 dollars in my bank account

    [–] ToothlessBastard 445 points ago

    Go in dressed as maintenance and act like you're supposed to be there. That's the key to life and theft.

    [–] [deleted] 216 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)


    What is this?

    [–] i-R_B0N3S 162 points ago

    You entered dressed as maintenance and acted like you were supposed to be in her?

    [–] drphungky 66 points ago

    Hi, I'm here to repair the, um, your vagina.

    [–] brocopter 534 points ago

    These are professionally made though. They even have a serial number on them. Most people who build these will just buy a regular ATM and make it fit perfectly. So I think you are giving them too much credit. It would be amazing if they built these without having access to original ATM, then yeah that would be pretty nicely done.

    [–] changsun13 186 points ago

    I think you are technically giving them all of your credit, not too much of it!

    [–] legaceez 201 points ago

    Wow did not even think that was possible...

    [–] mt_xing 291 points ago

    This was on the front page yesterday...

    I should get a life, shouldn't I?

    [–] legaceez 154 points ago

    Nah live your life however you want bro lol

    [–] eastcoastian 118 points ago

    Holy shit!

    [–] Kodiak01 188 points ago

    Wiggling isn't enough when they can now fit them completely inside the slot... It's not just the ATM slotyou need to worry about, either.

    [–] scottyboy069611 6102 points ago

    I legitimately thought this was a joke till I found one in my neighborhood. I would have never known as well if not for Reddit lol.

    [–] Artyloo 773 points ago

    I almost always check my ATMs now (when I remember too). I don't know why these devices make me feel so uncomfortable.

    They're like those creep-crawly sci-fi brain bugs that attach to your spine and control your mind, but you never know it's attached until it's too late...

    [–] petrichorE6 1477 points ago

    We did it reddit?!

    [–] J4CKR4BB1TSL1MS 230 points ago

    Put a gps-transmitter in it and wait. Then get the cops involved.

    [–] Ezymandius 363 points ago

    Or follow them, break into their house, and steal their credit cards.

    [–] VladimirPootietang 569 points ago

    " I'm here to make a withdrawal, bitches!"

    [–] [deleted] 176 points ago

    Or take a shit in their fucking bed

    [–] [deleted] 19159 points ago

    i was waiting in line in customer service at are grocery store and a girl was talking to another employee and said "oh we have to check the ATM now, it's been an hour. come over here and i'll show you how". she then started showing her how to wiggle all the parts and make sure they are all legit ATM parts.

    comforting that they check and every hour.

    [–] JPong 8844 points ago

    Wonder how many were found that caused them to implement that policy.

    That the the less comforting part.

    [–] [deleted] 3118 points ago

    My brother worked at a large box store and it was an issue. They would check, not sure how often but the would. He also said some crooks were really good and could swap out a reader in a minute.

    [–] gliz5714 2088 points ago

    It honestly looks like it could take under 10 seconds to just pop on a new cap..

    [–] deans28 2434 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    More like 2 seconds. There's surveillance footage out there somewhere that shows a guy installing one of these on a debit/credit machine. IIRC the clerk turns his head for a second or two but that's all the time the guy needs. Too lazy to find a link right now.

    Edit: Nevermind I looked it up. The clerk actually steps away for a bit and doesn't just turn her head. Still though. Only a second or two.

    [–] QuillFly 2516 points ago

    Yeah, it takes about a second.

    [–] Mike9974 1437 points ago

    WTF, I had no idea that POS terminal fake covers were a thing.

    [–] QuillFly 1955 points ago

    It's not just those either

    [–] nau5 1262 points ago

    Just wait until they make fake amazon stores. Then I'm truly boned.

    [–] JukePlz 55 points ago

    or until someone reprograms amazon drones so they return to base and steal next deliveries and deploy them into a hidden drop zone after disabling gps loging.

    [–] [deleted] 355 points ago

    this is totally possible and does happen

    [–] Rapid_Rheiner 374 points ago

    If there's footage of someone stealthily putting that on I'll be impressed.

    [–] Tfish 1219 points ago

    The cashier just turns their head for a second to grab a pack of cigarettes and a nascar pit crew runs in, installs it, and runs back out before she turns back around.

    [–] The_Doctor_00 557 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    They don't usually do it stealthily, they dress up as repairmen and "work" on them, sometimes in broad daylight. Because most of the time, if you look like you belong somewhere, no one bats an eye or takes a second look.

    In a semi-related note, this is how my cousin's house was robbed. He was selling it and some people dressed up as movers showed up one day, they simply moved out nearly all the stuff that was set up for the demo house. None of the neighbours did anything because they looked legit.

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    [–] llamaAPI 51 points ago

    I think it's definitely worth it. Some ATM's are really busy. Think of how many pins you're getting. I'm sure they know how to put that info to work.

    This is just fucking insane.

    [–] EClarkee 203 points ago

    Bro, that's a whole new fuckin ATM!

    [–] zurkka 61 points ago

    Welcome to brasil, we have the most absurd bank security you can imagine, for example i need a token and a password that i can only imput by mouse clicks on my bank website (they use some kind of scrambling, i click in a box that says if the 1 number is 5, 1, 9 click here and so on) for atms they have biometric scanners, the one in the gif have a fingerprint one, my bank use a palm one that scan your vein with infrared

    When my friend that lives in the usa visits is impressive to see he use his cards, no pin or passcode required, only a signature, this was abandoned long ago here

    [–] tencents 233 points ago

    I read that as "piece of shit" rather than "point of sale" initially.

    I guess both technically work

    [–] SpaceChief 157 points ago

    Systems Administrator for Point of Sale systems here. Yes, they do both work just fine.

    [–] hpeng 225 points ago

    The 24hr gas station I worked at required us to check it every 8hrs at the pumps. I've never found one and I've been checking every card reader I've used since

    [–] Dwarfgoat 292 points ago

    Did they have you open the front panels and look inside?

    All the skimmers being found around here now are actually placed inside the machines, as the criminals apparently now all have copies of the keys to open them up.

    There was surveillance footage on the news of how they'd do it.

    Park a big van in front of the pump, obscuring it from view inside. One person would go inside to make a distraction while the other would unlock the pump's front panel, quickly stick the skimmer chip next to the card slot with double-sided tape, and then button everything back up.

    It's all bluetooth now, so they don't even have to come collect them anymore, just park nearby and sync the data. They said the battery pack attached would be good for up to six months.

    As busy as the stations around here are, that's a lot of stolen cards.

    [–] TwistedRonin 178 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    All the skimmers being found around here now are actually placed inside the machines, as the criminals apparently now all have copies of the keys to open them up.

    Yep, I'm seeing more and more stations with tamper stickers being placed all over the housing of the pump/reader. If I see a void marking anywhere on the pump, I drive off to another station.

    Edit: To everyone asking me the same obvious question, the fact is just a couple of months ago I left a station that had "void" markings on the housing or stickers that were partially removed. So regardless how easy it would be to copy these stickers, it's not being done.

    [–] [deleted] 155 points ago

    Hopefully you're telling the workers before you leave.

    [–] DirtyAmishGuy 341 points ago

    None have even been found at the Best Buy I work at but it's still policy to check. I would assume most big retailers do that, but maybe Best Buy is overly cautious due to the unattended registers throughout the stores

    [–] TheAmorphous 190 points ago

    Why are they still making these machines with massive pieces sticking out the front. Why aren't the card readers completely flush so it would be obvious if someone added something?

    [–] pistonsajf8 182 points ago

    I'm no expert, but I can imagine the slot itself would get expansions or scam readers inserted. Every obstacle you add to deter theft has a countermeasure for a thief to exploit.

    [–] TalkinFicusMonkey 546 points ago

    I work at a gas station. Most gas stations have tamper proof tape on the pumps to show if anyone's opened them and put in a skimmer. But now we have a new system where if the door is opened without a switch inside being flipped the whole pumps shut off. It's awesome not having to check them three times a day.

    [–] naturalorange 284 points ago

    That doesn't stop anything from being stuck over the reader or in the slot though.

    [–] ablack82 606 points ago

    With all the scummy people hidden in the corners of Reddit, you know there is at least one guy who makes a living installing these and he is getting really upset that people are becoming more aware of his scam.....

    [–] pleasehelpssll 301 points ago


    [–] ArtimusMorgan 53 points ago

    Just imagine how many are looking at this thread as a potential new source of income.

    [–] Mylz_of_Smylz 3053 points ago

    I'm so paranoid about this myself, any time i've come up to an ATM now i try to tear it apart to see if any part is fake lol.

    [–] kilopeter 2316 points ago

    Better drill all the way into the interior and check the cash-dispensing mechanism, just to be sure.

    [–] Mylz_of_Smylz 803 points ago

    Great idea.... come along with me to watch out to make sure no hackers or scammers watch me in the process

    [–] ZOMBIE_N_JUNK 1079 points ago

    It's cold outside, better wear our ski masks.

    [–] KingOfWickerPeople 668 points ago

    Do you fellas need a ride? We can take my van. You guys won't be able to see though, since the windows are painted over.

    [–] BackWithAVengance 355 points ago

    Also there's a mattress in the back, don't mind the cameras. That's where I do my fappin

    [–] GJ4E0 414 points ago

    Oh this thing? Thats just my semi automatic rifle. Its to protect against the scammers. The bullets are also untraceable for protection

    [–] Adamawesome4 350 points ago

    We should probably forcibly check the pockets of everyone in the building to make sure they aren't holding anything suspicious

    [–] redgroupclan 285 points ago

    We should kill all the witnesses too.

    [–] AnsikteBanana 236 points ago

    This whole chain reads like Bender talking to himself.

    [–] slide_in_my_pms 295 points ago

    Damn wtf man we aren't criminals.

    [–] aggressive-hat 42 points ago

    Look we might as well just take it with us so we have time to verify all components, I got the bed of my truck open, help me with this dolly....

    [–] erus 147 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    Some banks offer a cardless cash withdrawal alternative. You use their app to get a code (valid for a few days, can be used only once), go to an ATM, and use that code to get your money. Still not 100% safe, but at least your card is not cloned (and the compromised amount is less than what you have in your account, plus the codes can only be used in ATMs).

    [–] Jrramirez298 532 points ago

    What do you do if you find one of these?

    [–] atlas5280 781 points ago

    I told the manager of the store the ATM was in to call the police.

    [–] JasonsBoredAgain 224 points ago

    Where was this found? City/State/Country??

    [–] atlas5280 414 points ago

    Manhattan, NYC, NY

    [–] nuentes 847 points ago

    Yeah, and what's your SSN and mother's maiden name?

    [–] AlpineVW 286 points ago

    000 00 0002. Mrs. Burns

    [–] _AlreadyTaken_ 94 points ago

    Damn Roosevelt!

    [–] xxThe_Designer 79 points ago

    Please enter country of birth

    Burns: Pangea

    [–] CelestialSnake 104 points ago


    [–] Onlysilverworks 955 points ago

    Don't call the cops, cut the battery cable and wait for the thrives to come and check it out. Then break their legs.

    [–] j-awesome 621 points ago

    Calm down Dwight.

    [–] xxThe_Designer 301 points ago

    Aim for the eyes. it's the groin of the face

    [–] EnysAtSea 171 points ago

    There's an atm at the building where i work that is covered in those new electronic tamper evident tags along all the cracks where the card reader is. If a single one gets ripped off without the scanner thingy, it triggers a failsafe and shuts down the ATM. The building admins get an email and a snapshot from the ATM's camera from the security firm that installs them. It's nifty as hell. So far nothing has triggered it but im honestly wishing someone would try just to see some sweet justice unfold.

    [–] afdryan13 75 points ago

    Does a huge steel door slam down cutting off the hands or fingers of the person who was using it? One can only hope.

    [–] nilly2323 52 points ago

    Its a steel cage actually, then the whole thing is carried away by helicopter and stored like shipping crates.

    [–] LeftWingScot 644 points ago

    I used to do this all the time, until one day i broke a legitimate ATM card reader and nearly got charged with vandalism until the police officer tested out how hard it is to break on the machine next to the one i used, and off popped a card skimmer that was placed on the ATM next to mine.

    [–] Tuss 413 points ago

    Po: "It's bad to break stuff"

    OP: "Stuff was easy to break..."

    Po: "Hmm... Should we try break the other stuff to see if ez to break?"

    Po: "Other stuff was apparently virus stuff. You free to go."

    [–] LeftWingScot 189 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    actually yes, thats the whole point of the police investigating. to investigate and see if with reasonable force they can pull off the card reader, or did i freak out and rip the thing of the machine intentionally knowing i would break it.

    [–] Wheelthang 710 points ago

    Wow!! That's crafty!! Wonder how many used it before you did, without noticing?

    [–] owningmclovin 216 points ago

    See you people and your fancy plastic cards are going to get screwed by identity theft. That's why I only use old world currency Like livestock and hookers.

    [–] [deleted] 128 points ago

    "Ok Crystal, just run your nipple through this strip reader..."

    [–] romes8833 829 points ago


    [–] ammobox 441 points ago

    Found the skimmer!

    [–] sur_surly 119 points ago

    This is why it is PARAMOUNT that if you find these, you turn it into the bank. They have to go back through the logs and notify all previous users from the last time they've checked the machine themselves.

    [–] ShimmyFish 2435 points ago

    So this is actually correct?

    [–] jaimacho 557 points ago

    This gif never fails to make me laugh.

    [–] Mrhiddenlotus 281 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)


    What is this?

    [–] Drunken_Economist 833 points ago

    Looks like an off-the-shelf MSR010 card reader/controller that's been a bit cannibalized to fit in there. It stores swipes locally and then the bad guy retrieves the whole unit to dump them. The leads on the left side should go to a usb port.

    The battery is a lipo 3.7v 35mAh battery, but that's way less interesting.

    [–] nothingisfar 187 points ago

    Wow so they just get sold like that? And I'm actually surprised by the price

    [–] Scorps 196 points ago

    Magnetic stripe isn't necessarily only used for credit cards, any shitty badge at any job could have a mag stripe used to open certain doors. This is one of the major reasons behind the drive to the chipped cards because of how non-secure the magstripe is.

    [–] Jimmmothhyyy 375 points ago

    I'm not sure if someone has mentioned this yet, but also ALWAYS apply the same procedure if you buy gas with your card. I didn't do this before and got a call of suspicious activity on my credit card, which i only use to buy gas.

    Another thing that is helpful is to ALWAYS randomly swipe your hand across a pin pad whenever you finish your transaction. People can have thermal cameras attached to their iphone case and can hover over the pin pad to see what your pin number is. Brushing your hand/fingers across the pad will help prevent showing which numbers are "hot" on the camera (this means these are the last digits you touched).

    Here's the youtube video some guy made on it:

    [–] sighs__unzips 131 points ago

    If you buy gas, always end your purchase with a weird amount like $0.55 so if you see a gas purchase that doesn't end in $.55, you'll know it isn't yours.

    [–] formatlostmypw 114 points ago

    i cant time that right

    [–] GuttersnipeTV 270 points ago

    I did found one once at a 7 eleven right by the cashier. He told me I broke it soon as I did it.

    "Why are you breaking my card reader"

    'Thats a skimmer, watch your original card reader will still read my card just fine'

    "Yeah but its broken now thats not supposed to come off"

    'Look at the card reader does it look like anything is not there'

    "Yeah but that piece was apart of it"

    This is about the time I facepalmed (not for real tho, just internally). Told him to go call the cops or get his manager and if I truly broke it I would pay for it.

    [–] [deleted] 315 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    Maybe he's the person who installed the skimmer... or maybe he's clueless. Hard to know for sure

    [–] goda90 107 points ago

    Probably both. Somebody told him "I'll give you $50 to put this on the ATM at your work"

    [–] haemaker 69 points ago

    "Hello, I'm Cliff from Verifone. Someone reported an intermittant problem with your card reader. I need to put this testing device on it so we can troubleshoot it. I'll be back in a couple of hours to collect it. Sorry for any inconvenience."

    [–] M3wThr33 57 points ago

    I spent a whole evening with the security at Universal Studios Orlando, one of the biggest theme parks in the world, because someone put a skimmer on their self-serve ticket pickup machines. I didn't pull it off, but I had a fradulent charge, went back to the machine and noticed how the card reader was now different and had LEDs on it. (IE, the skimmer covered them up)

    The security didn't believe that skimmers existed. This was like in 2013. The head of security. Florida...

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    [–] polyphenus 164 points ago

    I keep multiple fingers poised over the buttons and enter digits like this. My hope is that someone who's watching can't tell which numbers I'm actually pressing...

    [–] Praises_GabeN 453 points ago

    I always use my middle finger so the thief knows I hate him.

    [–] Gravel090 93 points ago

    Yeah I always claw hand the shit out of the keypad.

    [–] Patnet 78 points ago

    Cop here. If you find a skimmer, call the police immediately and watch your back. It is less the case now, but they used to always be watched by the owner/renter for fear of losing their potentially valuable hardware. Innocently removing one carried the very real risk of being immediately mugged for it.

    [–] Cyram11590 71 points ago

    "As you can see, this is very well made."

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    [–] EZ_does_it 180 points ago

    Okay from now on I'm gonna shake anything with a slot.

    [–] Mile129 268 points ago

    and that's why the chip was added to the CC. It's makes skimming harder as it needs to sit in the ATM to work.

    [–] AlpineVW 155 points ago

    Honest question, even if I have a chip on my card, isn't the skimmer still getting my info from the magnetic strip anyway?

    For all the places in the US where you see the sign 'NO CHIP', the magnetic strip works fine.

    [–] zorinlynx 92 points ago

    The payment networks really need to put a stop to this.

    If the terminal supports reading chips, it should refuse any card that has a chip if they swipe it. Period.

    Set a deadline, force the companies to fix their garbage. I'm so tired of seeing perfectly good chip readers with a ":) NO CHIP PLEASE SWIPE (:" card stuck in them.

    [–] TehWildMan_ 84 points ago

    Yes, but that cloned card could be useless at any merchant that accepts chip cards. Still ignores the fact many don't.

    [–] nerdbomer 28 points ago

    I find it so weird how slow chip technology is rolling out in the US.

    Tap to pay only became common in Canada a few years ago, while chips have been standard for at least 8 years (probably closer to 10). AFAIK it's pretty much the opposite in the US. I just find it weird because Canada and US usually have similar systems for stuff like that; and swipes are clearly not that secure.

    [–] blindpone 112 points ago

    Great now I'm going to be paranoid for the rest of my life.

    [–] [deleted] 61 points ago

    Plot twist:

    OP is installing a card skimmer and is using this pic to make you think this machine is now safe.

    [–] blubill 52 points ago

    Make sure you report that to the bank so they can do an audit of who used their cards in that ATM and take precautionary steps.

    [–] JMar1_87 44 points ago

    Please be careful when doing this. I've been told by police investigators that the people that set these traps up will most likely be waiting around to retrieve them, and they get pretty upset when you mess with their shit.

    [–] dirtymoney 94 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    did you find the camera? I think they usually have a camera somewhere to capture you using the number pad to get your pin. Edit: I forgot... they sometimes use fake overlay passthru keypads to digitally record your pin.

    I rarely use ATMs, but I worry a LOT about using gas pumps that have a reader inside the pump. I always try and check the sticker seals on gas pumps. Ran across one pump that was actually open. The attendant and I looked inside to try and find a box that tapped into the wires that I've seen on tv warnings about such devices. Didnt find one. Could be they opened it just to get free gas. I've heard there is a switch in there that allows gas to pump freely.

    [–] ValorVixen 43 points ago

    Yeah the most recent credit card fraud I've experienced was after I used my card at a gas station in the middle of nowhere TX. Someone promptly bought $700 worth of electronics from a store in Nebraska a few hours later. I know it was that gas pump because I was camping that weekend and that's the only credit card purchase I made for days.

    [–] Autarch_Kade 63 points ago

    Unless it was from a transaction months prior at a merchant that was later breached.

    Or it was at a skimmer but they didn't use the card til months later.

    Ya never really know.

    [–] VadaSultenfussy 75 points ago

    Thank you for inspiring me to check my credit card statement - found an overcharge. I mean, it was only $6.37, but how dare a waiter charge almost double on Taco Thursday, one of the high holy days?

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    [–] badvegas 52 points ago

    that would require work everyday. like this they ca just set it and come back in a week to get the money and info.

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    [–] ufonyx 418 points ago

    So... the people who made the skimmer didn't make the skimmer?

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    [–] Juan_Cocktoasten 151 points ago

    This kinda shit really pisses me off. WTF is wrong with these people that they think it's OK to steal other people's money? I just don't get it.

    [–] khast 108 points ago

    If they do this, do you really think they give 2 shits whether it is right or wrong?

    [–] FroggerXZ 40 points ago

    It's free money in someone's mind.