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ATM Fraud & Security Digest - November 2011 E-mail
Written by Douglas Russell   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 14:36

Card Trapping / Cash Trapping / Stuck Key Fraud

Card trapping and cash trapping were prevalent in Europe during November. UK Police warned consumers to be suspicious if they notice more resistance than normal when entering their card into an ATM card reader. UK Police also warned consumers about an increase in cash trapping incidents using glue (rat) traps. Police in India arrested three students following stuck key and leaving transaction live frauds and another suspect involved in card swapping.

Transaction Reversal Fraud

Transaction reversal fraud was reported in the UK during November.

ATM Skimming / Skimming / EFTPOS Compromise

ATM skimming incidents continued to be wide spread through November. US arrests included suspects in a multi-state ATM skimming scheme which used pin-hole cameras to obtain the PINs. Two Romanian nationals were sentenced to three years prison after entering the US on journalism visas then committing ATM skimming attacks. Their modus operandi included re-encoding gift cards with the data skimmed at ATMs. Police in Canada arrested five suspects and seized cash and luxury vehicles.

Ram Raid Attacks / Theft of ATM / Smash-and-Grab

A stolen truck was used to remove an ATM in Guam although the ATM was subsequently abandoned with the cash intact. Police in the UK made eight arrests following theft and attempted thefts of ATMs using mechanical diggers. Police in Canada arrested a suspect attempting to open an ATM that had been stolen. ATM thefts in the US included the use of chains to pull out an ATM. A rope was used to manually pull out an ATM in Malaysia.

Safe Cutting / Safe Breaking / Theft from ATM

Police in India made a further arrest following a suspected insider theft from an ATM. It is alleged that an ATM service employee conspired with a guard to access the ATM. Four suspects were arrested in New Zealand after being spotted by a security guard in possession of various tools suitable for breaking into an ATM. In the UK the same ATM was targeted twice in two days in failed thefts. In the US, an armed witness returned fire at suspects who had cut into an ATM.

Explosive Attacks

Explosive gas was used in a failed theft from an ATM in Australia. ATM bombings in South Africa included incidents where the perpetrators shot police officers.

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