How it works:
- Situation: the vast majority of tourists would probably not fall for this but on the off-chance that you do, you need to know how to spot the red flags.
- Opening: first, criminals stick pieces of paper or photographic film in the ATM’s card slot which will trap your card in the card slot.
- Set-up: they hover nearby to try to see your PIN or may have installed a pinhole camera to capture it. Once you are distracted or head somewhere to seek help, they release and steal your card.
- Others: comprehensive credit and debit card scams here where insiders work with these criminals.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to the location tags above
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.