ATM Card Skimmer Found in Suburban Square

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"Most. Secure. ATM. EVAR."

I was wondering how long until something like this would happen...

Police Warn of ATM Theft/Fraud from 'Card Skimmers'

The Lower Merion Police Department, after receiving a complaint this week from an on-site ATM technician at the Wells Fargo Bank in Suburban Square in Ardmore, is warning residents of a "card skimmer" scam in which thieves use a small camera to capture PIN numbers from ATM cards.

The Wells Fargo technician was checking on the machine after several complaints were reported to the bank that the card reader was not working correctly. The technician discovered a black plate over the card reader, which is not a part of the ATM machine. He also found an additional piece of metal at the top of the machine - over the keypad - that appeared to be taped to the machine housing. There was a small pinhole in the metal which was directly over the keypad.

Once removed, it was obvious that this was a "card skimmer" - a small video camera used to obtain PIN numbers and personal credit card data.

Lower Merion Police urge residents to give extra attention to their personal bank accounts, and to observe the ATM machines at their local banks.

One thing I recommend doing, whenever using an ATM, is to cover the keypad as best you can while entering your PIN.  That can help shield your hand from any cameras that may be aimed at the keypad.

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Why isn't checking for this a routine part of ATM refilling and servicing?  They didn't do anything about it until customers complained the machine wasn't working properly?

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