2004-02-23

Too Close to Home.

A new activity for enterprising criminals is becoming more common, called ‘ATM Skimming’, it requires someone to install a card reader and camera on the front of an otherwise official ATM. Using the ATM extras the thief can capture account number and PINs as you access your account.

Though is sounds easy to spot an ATM with a few optional accessories, the thieves are [ more clever than you think][1]. [ The UT Police Department][2] reports skimming activity in at least to areas of campus.

To protect your account information it is important to not use isolated ATMs, and to inspect the ATM for any odd looking accessories before you withdraw money.

[1]: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/24/0034234&mode=nested [2]: http://www.utexas.edu/admin/utpd/atm.html

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