Think again. A few days ago I tweeted a news story about how Australia is seen as a soft target for ATM card skimming gangs. A few hours later a friend responded with an article from Lifehacker with tips on spotting ATM’s that have been tampered with. Unfortunately, it was accompanied by a picture of a very oldschool and deceptive skimmer. Ones of this size and bulk haven’t been used for many years and really do not suit the ATM at all.
If you follow the link at that Lifehacker article it takes you to a VERY good PDF document which demonstrates just how hard it is to spot modern skimming devices. Most people wouldn’t do this though and just assume skimmers are still big bulky things as shown at the Lifehacker site. A few more examples of current skimmers and a discussion about skimming after the break. Continue reading