How it works:
- Version 1 (ATM): card skimmer installed to capture your card details, pinhole camera/keypad over installed to capture your PIN.
- Version 2 (ATM): card slot is rigged with a device (also known as Lebanese loop) to trap your card. When you find your card stuck, scammer tells you to type your PIN thrice to eject it. This is false – a trick to see your PIN. If you head somewhere to seek help, the scammer will release your card and escape.
- Version 3 (card): swiping your card through another machine to capture your details or using your card to make another transaction elsewhere.
- Kathmandu: Durbar Marg, Thamel, Basantapur, etc
What to do:
- Avoid using ATMs at dark, secluded areas. Use only at controlled environments (e.g. banks).
- Scan the area for suspicious looking characters, look out for red flags of a rigged ATM and cover your PIN when typing it in.
- Always keep your card in your line of sight and set up SMS notification whenever a transaction is processed.