How to beat ATM criminals with your bare hands

27 September 2010

The video below was recorded by a pinhole camera fitted to a UK cash machine. The camera (and the card skimmer fitted over the ATM's card slot) had recorded not only the camera being activated and fitted, but the PINs of dozens of customers using the machine without realising their card details were being stolen.

What's interesting is how easy it is to foil the bad guys. While it may seem far too paranoid to consider, simply hiding one hand with the other while entering your PIN renders the scam completely useless (the criminals need both your PIN and your card details in order to clone it). And if not your hand, then your purse, your keys or your wallet.

Very simple, but an easy and effective way to ensure your account isn't cleaned out by these fiends.

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TOPICS:   Banking

24 comments

  • pauski
    That last one, I think his pin was 0467. So not totally completely safe??
  • Mark H.
    I use my wallet to covered the PED while I type in my PIN number so that not even I can see what I'm entering. Clever eh! Had my card blocked 7 times so far...
  • Rob
    I don't understand why the banks don't just show a photo of how the machine is supposed to look on the screen, that way you can simply check to see if there's a card skimmer clipped on.
  • ButterMan
    Phantom withdrawals do not happen, cannot happen and are purely imaginary. There is no problem. (The Banks, 1995-2005) Also if you needed a blog to tell you that hiding your PIN works then you have a 'common sense' issue. Also also I call ringer on the guy talking about "the PED".
  • zeddy
    Yeh, I hate Peds too, the sick bastards.
  • ButterMan
    Also also also I think a couple of the "shielded" examples used the ninth-level ninja tactic, "extra fakey button presses" too. Kudos good citizens, kudos.
  • darkspark
    I do the fake button presses when withdrawing money too. It's just something that makes me feel more secure when using a cash machine outside with people behind or to the side of me.
  • G-Unit
    Effective, yes... but surely all the people who hid their PIN will still get their cards cloned because of the skimmer device which will enable people to use their cards online (except for transactions when a password is needed). Good video though and I'll certainly be adapting my technique of covering my hand at the cash machine.
  • Howard M.
    This Daily Mail reader thinks the bally rotters weren't speaking English! Deport them all!
  • Alexis
    "That last one, I think his pin was 0467. So not totally completely safe??" Yep, or 4686 possibly.
  • DHL
    my number is 78542332345767989-6746 and your parcel is lost in treansit
  • Tim
    "Effective, yes… but surely all the people who hid their PIN will still get their cards cloned because of the skimmer device which will enable people to use their cards online (except for transactions when a password is needed)" Usually via Amazon because they only require number and expiry date! Almost all other sites now at least require the 3 digits off the signature strip which cannot be captured by these devices, and many use the password system also now. Anyway, was this blog slightly tongue in cheek? I thought everyone knew this. The banks even tell you to shield your PIN when entering now anyway.
  • sMac
    I just put 3 fingers from my hand onto each number in a row, makes it hard to tell which button you press. For example the number 8652 makes it look like 789/456/456/123
  • me p.
    I do this everywhere even in the petrol station Having had my card cloned and used to buy two plane tickets from octupus travel ( with no pin validation I might add ( yes easy jet you c^nts ) Then had a royal fecking nightmare with Halifax trying to get the money back took 3 months pity the gov't didnt let them w4nkers go bust.
  • rrr
    how can a skimmer card record the security number on the back for online purchases? Alternatively rub it off as its never read, keep it yourself safe...
  • rrr
    Incidently the real issue here is the piss poor security on ATMs and the fact you can install cameras and put things in the slots without the own ATMs camera noticing, anyone else noticing or anyone noticing when its on. The system needs to be changed and also they need stronger punishments against those who are doing it. There must be better solutions such as no more pin numbers, a security question is displayed on screen and you have to pick which characters are number 2, 3, 5 etc. That way its harder for them to know the whole password. But it would need a keyboard, SHOCK horror!
  • Jimbo
    Hiding your PIN doesn't do a thing when they use a keypad overlay though.
  • Marky m.
    What are the polis doing about Derren Brown? He can read your MIND, your PIN and EVERYTHING. Woooo!!!
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  • Gavin
    I normally check the machines for overlays. I'm paranoid about this things so I tend to start pulling on things before I put my card in. Even then I shield my pin. They've also done the automated fuel pumps at Asda. Since the card reader and keypad are inset to protect them from the elements, they are easy to put a new one over the top. Dirty bastards the lot of them.
  • Jamie
    Hang on numpties. The PIN number of your card is held both on the smart card and the magnetic strip. Albeit encoded (ISO 7810, 7811, 7812) but nevertheless there. It is not beyond a criminal to decode the PIN. Just depend on the IQ of said criminal I guess.
  • Bloke
    Over 10 years ago when I used one of the big banks' online business banking things I had to enter a PIN on an-screen grid of numbers that was never the same. So, any attempt to record or mimic hand movments were not very useful, the same grid would (hopefully) not be shown the next time. Is that technology not capable of being tarnsferred from the PC screen to the ATM?
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