21 July 2005
Automatic theft machines
Campus police at UT Austin have called attention to a spiffy but nonetheless heinous means of ripping off a bank's ATM customers.
Two gadgets are affixed to the machine: a replacement for the card reader (which just snaps over the standard slot), and a leaflet holder which carries a surreptitious video camera. You stick in your card, the bogus reader picks up the information, and the camera records you keying in your PIN; after that, you can kiss your money goodbye.
I haven't seen anything like this up here. At least, I don't think I have.
(Via McGehee.)Posted at 12:45 PM to Common Cents