Beware! Hot ATM Card-Skimming Action in Canberra

By 17 February, 2009 14

Just a quick warning that there may be some Card-Skimming going on in Canberra.

A friend of mine had a sum of money withdrawn from an ATM in Sydney over the weekend, even though he is in Canberra and his ATM Card is still in his pocket.

He has been down to the bank and they believe that a device may have been attached to the ATM’s just inside the Commonwealth Bank on the corner of London Circuit & Ainslie Avenue in Civic. He used the ATM on Thursday 12th February around 7pm.

Be alarmed, be very, very alarmed!

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14 Responses to Beware! Hot ATM Card-Skimming Action in Canberra
#1
p13:16 pm, 17 Feb 09

Be alarmed, be very, very alarmed!

Or just have a look at an ATM before using it, hope that banks will continue to refund stolen money to accounts, and get on with life.

#2
wallye3:27 pm, 17 Feb 09

I too had money taken from my account after using the same ATM in London Circuit on Sat. 15th. In fact they emptied my account.

#3
tylersmayhem3:29 pm, 17 Feb 09

I too had money taken from my account after using the same ATM in London Circuit on Sat. 15th. In fact they emptied my account.

What has the bank’s response been Wallye?

#4
hk0reduck3:54 pm, 17 Feb 09

My friend was told it would take 4-6 weeks to get his money back.

They emptied his account too. Only $4 left to his name ;)

#5
tylersmayhem3:59 pm, 17 Feb 09

What bank does your friend belong to hk0reduck?

#6
deye4:14 pm, 17 Feb 09

attached to all the ATM’s there, or just one of the machines ?

#7
BerraBoy684:31 pm, 17 Feb 09

Maybe it’s just one of them rascally Iraqi folk training at the CIT. Now you know why it’s so secret. It saves you having to be alarmed, very alarmed.

#8
Skidbladnir4:57 pm, 17 Feb 09

Strangely simplistic advice, but if an ATM looks like it has something else attached to the card slot, or an easily visible camera aimed at the keys instead of at you, don’t use it.

The ‘extra’ thing over the slot is actually reading & storing the data off the magnetic strip on your card (to be later ghosted onto a card blank), and the camera is recording your PIN, (which will be later used to authenticate the transaction).

Report it to Crimestoppers (1800 333 000), police, and the bank instead of using it.
Oh, and dont touch it, it is evidence.

#9
p17:05 pm, 17 Feb 09

Report it to Crimestoppers (1800 333 000), police, and the bank instead of using it.
Oh, and dont touch it, it is evidence.

Or steal it and use it yourself. Although I am guessing a car will pull up beside you a minute later and some gentlemen will ask for their equipment back.

#10
Holden Caulfield10:42 pm, 17 Feb 09

~lolz!

#11
tylersmayhem9:54 am, 18 Feb 09

And further to post #8: ALWAYS cover your hand with your other hand or wallet or bag or whatever when entering your pin. While your card could get scanned, it’s useless without the PIN number.

After living in London for a number of years, it was amazing how often you’d see a card scanner on an ATM. I was very quick to take on the approach of the Londoners and always cover my hand when entering my PIN. It’s something I’ll always do.

#12
PBO11:02 am, 18 Feb 09

With all the components that you can buy openly on the net, i doubt that you would notice if a device had been attached.

#13
Katietonia10:13 pm, 02 May 10

Just a warning, my card was skimmed in the last couple of weeks in Canberra. I rarely use it but I believe it happened at McDonalds as I hadn’t used the card anywhere else for a long time. That is my punishment for being hungover and in need of disgusting hash browns I guess. :(

#14
Katietonia10:14 pm, 02 May 10

Katietonia said :

Just a warning, my card was skimmed in the last couple of weeks in Canberra. I rarely use it but I believe it happened at McDonalds as I hadn’t used the card anywhere else for a long time. That is my punishment for being hungover and in need of disgusting hash browns I guess. :(

Fyshwick that is.

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