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Desperate skimmers resort to old ATM tricks

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Now that Skimming is less profitable, thanks to the use of Chips, thieves are returning to old ATM tricks.

One is "Shouldering" where they read you pin number over your shoulder and later they, or an accomplice steals the card from you.

The other is blocking the slot the money comes out of. People often assume the machine is faulty and walk away. The thief then removes the blockage and takes your money. No where near as profitable as skimming but better than nothing seems to be their idea.
If and ATM fails to pay out there should be a number to call listed on the machine. If not call the police.
Do not walk away from the machine, or allow someone else to try while you are waiting.

Check all ATMs carefully before using them - make sure the mouth where the card goes in is correct, that there are no extras stuck on the machine anywhere - like a grey block on the body over the keypad. Look at the slot the money comes out. Make sure no-one is crowding you, and above all cover you hand while typing in your PIN.

BTW I read that as from tomorrow ATMs in the Netherlands (and maybe elsewhere in the EU too?) will no longer be able to read the magnetic strip on a card. Not sure if it is true - a bit of a worry for non European visitors though.

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