10+ Insane ATM Scams That You Wouldn’t Even Notice

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Secret panels, pinhole cameras and cash trap devices? Protecting yourself from ATM scammers just got a lot more difficult.

Ever wonder why bank cards now have a chip? It helps prevent you from becoming a victim of identity theft and ATM scams.

ATM scammers have come a long way, and they use an arsenal of tricks to steal your information (and your money!).

If the card slot is sticking out, there’s a chance it could be an ATM skimmer. 

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Wiggling the card reader is the easiest way to reveal most ATM skimmers.

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These ATM skimmers scan your credit card and send the stolen information through SMS.

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All it takes is one swipe and your bank information is instantly sent out through a text message.

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Cash trap devices install fake panels and prevent you from getting your money.

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If the audio jack is misaligned and looks off, it’s probably an ATM skimmer.

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Everyone knows to pay close attention to their surroundings when using an ATM. Not everyone stops to check the ATM itself.

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This ATM had an ATM skimmer on the card reader and a hidden camera behind the side panel.

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Another way to spot an ATM scam? Look for cracks in the frame under the receipt slot.

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Never forget to look over your shoulders for hidden cameras.

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Scammers also combine card skimmers with fake keypads by installing an overlay.

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Do the colors on the button look different than before? It could be a false keypad.

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This scammer took the overlay concept to a whole new level.

The ATM below has a detachable slot reader transmitting stolen data. It also has a false panel under the screen with a hidden camera.

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Some scammers rely on brute force, using modified slits on both sides of a fake slot to prevent your card from being returned when completing your transaction.

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An inconspicuous gray box? I think not. Another hidden camera setup with a microSD chip for storage.

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