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ATM machine abuse - be careful

Hi,
I found this Link today:

http://www.polizei.bremen.de/sixcms/...en_Skimmer.pdf

Maybe this will be helpful to prevent credit card misuse. Its a leaflet from the German police and therefor in German but I think you can figure out the tricks by looking at the pictures quite easily. They show how your credit card information can be stolen at an ATM machine.
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And this is not only happening in Germany but in the Netherlands too, so be very carefull.
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That last bit on the pamplet looks like the "card capture" devise that the crook puts in the card slot of the ATM. It catches and holds your card, and after you leave, they come and collect it.
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And this is not only happening in Germany but in the Netherlands too, so be very carefull.
Same in the UK: a city/town gets hit and the skimmers/scammers move on to the next - one piece of advice here is to hold your spare hand over the keyboard, while entering the PIN, so that any potential cameras cannot see the PIN code.
Also, where possible, use a cash machine that is inside a bank branch.
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thanx for the info
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Atm scams

The scam you are talking about with the tape is called a "lebanese loop " , not too common in the Uk as the favourite one seems to be an entire false front to the Atm itself . To discover this you would have to grab the machine and try and move it about . Other scams are a pin hole camera above the card slot and then a further one in a "leaflet" box attached to the machine - both then record what you are up to .
Finally the biggest one to hit the area i work in is with Shell fuels - pin hole camera in ceiling , next thing you know is a withdrawal at the Bank of Barunde(?) .
If you have any specific queries please feel free to PM me and i will see what i can find out for you - obviously alot of the above is subject to change , we only find out when we catch someone
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