There’s been a lot of articles over on The Consumerist about ATM skimming, how it’s done, and how you can protect yourself. Today they linked to a clip from a UK show called The Real Hustle that lays out exactly how the scam is done. I’m not sure if the increase in the number of articles about ATM skimming is due to it happening more often or because folks are just more aware of it, but I thought it’d be useful to post that YouTube clip here for folks that don’t follow my shared Google Reader notes:
In short, pay attention to the ATMs you use. If you suspect it may be tampered with alert the bank and/or the police and don’t use it. At the very minimum you’ll want to shield the input of your PIN number when doing the transaction.
As I watched this clip all I could think of was why don’t we have a show like this here in the States?