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'Skimming' scam at ATMs hits local resident

Original post made on Feb 10, 2009

Nick Elvitsky was shocked when $500 was deducted from his account on Jan. 26: "I did not take that money out. I have been a victim of a crime."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 10:36 AM


Posted by Newton, a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Are you sure those figures are accurate?!

Posted by Blindspot, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2009 at 2:32 pm

"Skimmers -- the small devices used to perpetrate the crime -- can be bought online, and usually blend in when attached to ATM reader slots. "The machine would look totally normal to your eyes,"

I don't buy that. Why don't you show me one and we'll see?

How about a picture, so we can tell what these skimmers look like when we see one?

Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Feb 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.

Good idea. I did a quick image search and found some images which may be helpful.

This blog post includes a TV news story with some good imagery: Web Link

Here's a shot of the type of skimming machine used by thieving cashiers: Web Link

Here's a great shot of the mini cameras that capture your pin number: Web Link

And here's two more for good measure: Web Link and Web Link

Posted by Only God is Allmghty, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm

The mountain view police have got all the time in the world to stop and search old white people walking down the street for no reason and condition them for a police state, just like they do at airports, but they can't solve crimes, [portion removed due to offensive language].

Posted by, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm

[Post removed due to promoting a website and general meaninglessness]

Posted by truthnews?, a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 11, 2009 at 11:34 pm

um, yeah ... that made sense

Posted by cardswitch technology ltd., a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

CardSwitch Technology Ltd. offers a system that enables cardholders to electronically lock and unlock their card accounts. Banks in countries that have implemented chip and pin now realize that this system will eliminate card fraud (see finextra Handelsbanken).

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Posted by Cleveland MIke, a resident of another community
on Feb 20, 2009 at 7:47 pm

So did WaMu credit you the $500????

Posted by Mike, a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Here is the list of links that I from YouTube –

CSI Episode – showing the exploit unmasked
Web Link

News Report – Channel 4
Web Link

Chao – Sows off his merchandise (Wireless camera recording PINs)
Web Link

Ad – Selling the hardware
Web Link

Confessions of an ATM Hacker
Web Link

Needless to say – you should visually inspect a machine before inserting your card, and select "credit" instead of "debt" when making an ATM transaction at a store.