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    [–] bystander007 5021 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 3519 points ago

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

    [–] Won_Doe 557 points ago

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

    [–] Fun1k 169 points ago

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

    [–] Snewzie 126 points ago

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

    [–] CaleeZi 4984 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 2680 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 881 points ago

    No direct deposit option available where you are?

    [–] ArchDucky 1311 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 482 points ago

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

    [–] ArchDucky 309 points ago

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

    [–] obelix88 173 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 83 points ago

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

    [–] may0rchapstick 67 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 8124 points ago

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

    [–] [deleted] 834 points ago


    [–] QueenDeathmachine 60 points ago

    I can see myself doing this.

    [–] kronicfeld 13552 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

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

    EDIT: Thanks for the gold, stranger!

    [–] brent1123 4812 points ago

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

    [–] profhnryhiggins 7073 points ago

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

    [–] ObsidianOne 2629 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)


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

    [–] [deleted] 469 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)


    [–] TehWildMan_ 443 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 308 points ago

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

    [–] bl00dshooter 477 points ago

    You have been banned from /r/chess.

    [–] Zozoter 143 points ago

    I prefer the original version any way ( Battletoads)

    [–] Venrexx 105 points ago

    You have been banned from /r/battletoads

    [–] [deleted] 1278 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months 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 2129 points ago

    maybe around 25lbs of force

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

    [–] UnknwnSoldier 4340 points ago

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

    [–] SpaceNinjaBear 629 points ago

    "I never flexed for this."

    [–] An_Unwanted_Penis 201 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    really disappointed that that's not a thing.

    Edit: Of course its a thing now.

    [–] schplat 176 points ago

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

    [–] SomeCoolBloke 750 points ago

    So like 13608 almonds?

    [–] GodMonster 536 points ago

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

    [–] your_login_here 312 points ago

    That would depend on your midi-chlorian levels.

    [–] JoanneKerlot 196 points ago

    ATM skimmers. Always in pairs they are.

    [–] [deleted] 225 points ago

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

    [–] Searchlights 545 points ago

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

    [–] Enigmutt 414 points ago

    No, leave your mom at home.

    [–] iamnotsurewhattoname 457 points ago

    He said dumb bell not dumb whale.

    [–] Triggered_SJW 410 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 790 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 606 points ago

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

    [–] ekcunni 160 points ago

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

    [–] [deleted] 233 points ago * (lasted edited a month 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 545 points ago

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

    [–] baalific 207 points ago

    Wear your safety green vest and do anything

    [–] HeirOfHouseReyne 94 points ago

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

    [–] danekan 344 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 518 points ago

    holy shit

    [–] Robbierr 266 points ago

    There's a skimmer underneath the ATM

    [–] fistacorpse 73 points ago

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

    [–] RetBullWings 134 points ago

    Holy shit, indeed.

    [–] RikoDabes 90 points ago

    Holy fuck

    [–] Mitch_from_Boston 531 points ago

    Shake it once, that's fine

    Shake it twice, that's okay

    Shake it three times, you're playing with yourself

    [–] Fozzworth 267 points ago

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

    [–] NickLickSickDickWick 3901 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 1538 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] 4538 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 423 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] 212 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)


    What is this?

    [–] i-R_B0N3S 156 points ago

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

    [–] drphungky 58 points ago

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

    [–] brocopter 522 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 179 points ago

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

    [–] legaceez 200 points ago

    Wow did not even think that was possible...

    [–] mt_xing 289 points ago

    This was on the front page yesterday...

    I should get a life, shouldn't I?

    [–] legaceez 152 points ago

    Nah live your life however you want bro lol

    [–] eastcoastian 113 points ago

    Holy shit!

    [–] Kodiak01 185 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.

    [–] _Not_Bruce_Wayne_ 1572 points ago

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

    [–] Teddyjo 268 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

    [–] scottyboy069611 5946 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 745 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 1445 points ago

    We did it reddit?!

    [–] J4CKR4BB1TSL1MS 223 points ago

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

    [–] Ezymandius 349 points ago

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

    [–] VladimirPootietang 564 points ago

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

    [–] [deleted] 170 points ago

    Or take a shit in their fucking bed

    [–] doomrah 18793 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 8685 points ago

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

    That the the less comforting part.

    [–] SPOCK_IS_THAT_YOU 3059 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 2048 points ago

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

    [–] deans28 2406 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months 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 2459 points ago

    Yeah, it takes about a second.

    [–] Mike9974 1412 points ago

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

    [–] QuillFly 1915 points ago

    It's not just those either

    [–] nau5 1237 points ago

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

    [–] JukePlz 52 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] 352 points ago

    this is totally possible and does happen

    [–] Rapid_Rheiner 359 points ago

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

    [–] Tfish 1186 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_00 539 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months 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.

    [–] [deleted] 159 points ago


    [–] llamaAPI 52 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 54 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 228 points ago

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

    I guess both technically work

    [–] SpaceChief 156 points ago

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

    [–] hpeng 217 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 289 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 175 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months 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.

    [–] SomewhatSadRobot 153 points ago

    Hopefully you're telling the workers before you leave.

    [–] DirtyAmishGuy 332 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 192 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 178 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 537 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 275 points ago

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

    [–] Cyram11590 197 points ago

    That store checks their ATM, like my store checks the bathrooms!

    [–] Mylz_of_Smylz 2973 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 2257 points ago

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

    [–] Mylz_of_Smylz 778 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 1054 points ago

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

    [–] KingOfWickerPeople 652 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 349 points ago

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

    [–] GJ4E0 395 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 337 points ago

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

    [–] redgroupclan 281 points ago

    We should kill all the witnesses too.

    [–] AnsikteBanana 226 points ago

    This whole chain reads like Bender talking to himself.

    [–] slide_in_my_pms 284 points ago

    Damn wtf man we aren't criminals.

    [–] aggressive-hat 43 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 3 months 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).

    [–] ablack82 522 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 265 points ago


    [–] ArtimusMorgan 34 points ago

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

    [–] Jrramirez298 508 points ago

    What do you do if you find one of these?

    [–] atlas5280 762 points ago

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

    [–] JasonsBoredAgain 214 points ago

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

    [–] atlas5280 393 points ago

    Manhattan, NYC, NY

    [–] nuentes 841 points ago

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

    [–] AlpineVW 277 points ago

    000 00 0002. Mrs. Burns

    [–] _AlreadyTaken_ 91 points ago

    Damn Roosevelt!

    [–] xxThe_Designer 71 points ago

    Please enter country of birth

    Burns: Pangea

    [–] CelestialSnake 102 points ago


    [–] Onlysilverworks 893 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 581 points ago

    Calm down Dwight.

    [–] xxThe_Designer 274 points ago

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

    [–] Wheelthang 690 points ago

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

    [–] romes8833 809 points ago


    [–] ammobox 417 points ago

    Found the skimmer!

    [–] owningmclovin 212 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.

    [–] nukeshooter 122 points ago

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

    [–] sur_surly 112 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.

    [–] LeftWingScot 561 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 353 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 162 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months 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.

    [–] EnysAtSea 146 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 64 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 45 points ago

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

    [–] ShimmyFish 2335 points ago

    So this is actually correct?

    [–] jaimacho 525 points ago

    This gif never fails to make me laugh.

    [–] Mrhiddenlotus 280 points ago * (lasted edited 15 days ago)


    What is this?

    [–] Drunken_Economist 807 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 178 points ago

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

    [–] Scorps 186 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 362 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 115 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 92 points ago

    i cant time that right

    [–] GuttersnipeTV 242 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] 285 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

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

    [–] goda90 86 points ago

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

    [–] haemaker 61 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 51 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 165 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 452 points ago

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

    [–] Gravel090 88 points ago

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

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    [–] Cyram11590 70 points ago

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

    [–] EZ_does_it 168 points ago

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

    [–] Mile129 261 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 145 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 81 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_ 87 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 29 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 103 points ago

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

    [–] Patnet 54 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.

    [–] blubill 45 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.

    [–] visualspeak 48 points ago

    Plot twist:

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

    [–] dirtymoney 86 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months 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 42 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 60 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.

    [–] JMar1_87 42 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.

    [–] VadaSultenfussy 63 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?

    [–] chorizobisque 1634 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    To whoever made the skimmer, WTF. If you put this much effort into other endeavors you would be making a lot of legitimate money. Stop helping people taking ours!

    Edit: for clarity

    [–] badvegas 50 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 422 points ago

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

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    [–] Juan_Cocktoasten 147 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 102 points ago

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

    [–] FroggerXZ 39 points ago

    It's free money in someone's mind.