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Converted ATM’s Steal Bank Customer ID’s – ATM Skimming Fraud Warning

by Brett M. Christensen


Email forward with photographs shows how criminals can steal bank customer ID’s using ATM skimming equipment and hidden cameras.

Bried Analysis

This warning is legitimate and was published on the University of Texas website and other online locations including the Dedhams Savings Bank website.


Subject: Bank ATM’s Converted to Steal IDs of Bank Customers
This is IMPORTANT to look out for!
Bank ATM’s Converted to Steal IDs of Bank Customers

A team of organized criminals are installing equipment on legitimate bank ATM’s in at least 2 regions to steal both the ATM card number and the PIN. The team sits nearby in a car receiving the information transmitted wirelessly over weekends and evenings from equipment they install on the front of the ATM (see photos). If you see an attachment like this, do not use the ATM and report it immediately to the bank using the 800 number or phone on the front of the ATM.The equipment used to capture your ATM card number and PIN are cleverly disguised to look like normal ATM equipment. A “skimmer” is mounted to the front of the normal ATM card slot that reads the ATM card number and transmits it to the criminals sitting in a nearby car.

At the same time, a wireless camera is disguised to look like a leaflet holder and is mounted in a position to view ATM PIN entries.

The thieves copy the cards and use the PIN numbers to withdraw thousands from many accounts in a very short time directly from the bank ATM.

Equipment being installed on front of existing bank card slot.
The equipment as it appears installed over the normal ATM bank slot.
The PIN reading camera being installed on the ATM is housed in an innocent looking leaflet enclosure.
The camera shown installed and ready to capture PIN’s by looking down on the keypad as you enter your PIN

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Detailed Analysis

This warning is legitimate and was published on the University of Texas website and other online locations including the Dedhams Savings Bank website. The logos and text shown in the images indicate that they were taken at a Bradesco Bank ATM in Brazil.

High tech fraud involving Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) is on the rise. ATM fraud of this nature is known as “skimming”. Typically, criminals use a hidden card reading device and a camera to steal customer’s card information and pin number. They then have enough data to create counterfeit ATM cards.

An article on the Security Magazine website explains that:

In this ingenious rip-off, lawbreakers take advantage of technology to make counterfeit ATM cards by using a skimmer. It’s a card-swipe device that reads the information on a consumer’s ATM card. The thief also captures the customer’s PIN number with a small camera mounted in the skimmer itself or at another location near the ATM.

To many of us, using an ATM machine has become a commonplace activity. In fact, we may not be especially vigilant while using an ATM, and criminals can use this complacency to successfully engage in ATM skimming. Probably the best way to avoid becoming a victim of ATM skimming is to foster the habit of closely examining the device and its surroundings before inserting or swiping our ATM cards. Dedhams Savings Bank has the following advice on its ATM safety page:

When using any ATM, be aware of anything that may look unusual about the card slot area of the ATM. If you suspect that it has been tampered with, report it to the bank or local police immediately.

The page also has other ATM safety tips that are well worth heeding.

The information in this email forward should be taken seriously and it is indeed “important to look out for” skimming devices on ATM’s.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,