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How ATM card skimming and PIN capturing scams work.

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Presentation showing how ATM card skimming scams work and how to detect them.

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How ATM card skimming and PIN capturing scams work.

  1. 1. SECURITY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY Group Security ATM Card Skimming and PIN capturing Awareness Guide Prepared by Simon Grubisic- Protective Security Advisor 1
  2. 2. What is ATM Card Skimming and PIN Capturing? ATM Card Skimming is a method used by criminals to capture data  from the magnetic stripe on the back of an ATM card. The devices used are smaller than a deck of cards and are often  fastened in close proximity to or over the top of an ATM’s factory- installed card reader. Pin Capturing refers to a method of strategically attaching cameras  and various other imaging devices to ATMs; in order to fraudulently capture the ATM user’s PIN.
  3. 3. Where to spot a card skimming or pin capturing device on an ATM? Region 1. Light diffuser area Region 2. Speaker area Region 3. ATM side fascia Region 4. Card reader entry slot Region 5. ATM keyboard area
  4. 4. What do skimming devices look like? Can you tell if this ATM machine has a skimming device fitted to the card reader? …
  5. 5. What do skimming devices look like? Spot the difference…Can you tell now? • Top photo shows an unadulterated ATM  fascia.  The flashing lead through entry  indicator is easily observed. Note: Most skim devices when fitted will  obscure the flashing entry indicator this  should be a vital clue as to any suspect  tampering.   Spot the difference in the next photo. • A skim device has been placed in or near  the card reader slot. Although the device has  been given the appearance of being a  standard part of the terminal it is in fact and  additional fitted piece & clearly is different  from the above photo.   Note: No flashing lead through light can be  seen.  The shape of the bezel is clearly different.
  6. 6. What do skimming devices look like? Here we have another example of the skimming device being piggy-backed onto the card reader
  7. 7. What do skimming devices look like? Here we have another example of a skimming device installed within this piece of ATM fascia. This was a replacement unit found on an ATM.
  8. 8. What do skimming devices look like? Another example of a skimming device installed on the card reader of this ATM. Hard to tell its there isn’t it? …
  9. 9. What do skimming devices look like? Take a closer look..
  10. 10. What do skimming devices look like? Removal of a skimming device from card reader slot, the device was fitted over the card reader throat.
  11. 11. What do PIN capturing devices look like? Can you tell if this ATM fascia piece (located above the screen) has a PIN capturing device installed within- You cannot really tell can you? …
  12. 12. What do PIN capturing devices look like? Lets remove the ATM fascia piece for a closer look.
  13. 13. What do PIN capturing devices look like? Here you can clearly see the PIN capturing device installed on the inner side of the fascia piece.
  14. 14. What do PIN capturing devices look like? Another example of a PIN capturing device installed on the inner side of the light diffuser fascia piece (above the ATM screen). Can you see the camera?
  15. 15. What do PIN capturing devices look like? Lets have a look on the inner side. A mobile phone camera was used as a PIN capturing device, with the information being transmitted via a wireless device.
  16. 16. What do PIN capturing devices look like? Here we have an additional fascia piece fitted to the speaker area directly above the screen- can you see this additional piece? …
  17. 17. What do PIN capturing devices look like? How about now?  Removal of fitted device from fascia­ the additional part can now be  clearly seen. 
  18. 18. What do PIN capturing devices look like? Here we have a piece of merchandising placed on the side ATM fascia wall. Can you spot a PIN capturing device? …
  19. 19. What do PIN capturing devices look like? Upon closer inspection of the merchandising unit, you can clearly see the pin hole camera installed on the bottom side, capturing an image of the keypad and subsequently, the customers PIN
  20. 20. What do PIN capturing devices look like? The last area of focus is the ATM keyboard fascia. Offenders are known to place the skimmer plate on top of the existing keyboard.
  21. 21. What do PIN capturing devices look like? This is an example of what an ATM keyboard skimmer plate can look like.
  22. 22. Facts on ATM skimming attacks  Criminals tend to attach skimming devices either late at night or early in the morning, and during periods of low traffic.  Skimming devices are usually attached for a few hours only.  Criminals install equipment on at least 2 regions of an ATM to steal both the ATM card number and the PIN.  Criminals then sit nearby receiving the information transmitted wirelessly via the devices (installed on the ATM).
  23. 23. What can you do to mitigate the risk of a skimming attack? Get to know the appearance of your ATM.  Inspect the front of the ATM for unusual or non standard  appearance. Scratches, marks, adhesive or tape residues could be indicators of tampering. The inspection should be part of your morning external check and afternoon closing procedure. Where possible, inspections should also be conducted during trading hours. Familiarise yourself with the look and feel of your ATM fascia.  Particularly pay attention to all of the touch and action points. (e.g. keypad, customer card entry slot, lighting diffusers)
  24. 24. What can you do to mitigate the risk of a skimming attack? Inspect all areas of the fascia. Look at card reader entry slot &  regions immediately above the consumer display and keyboard area for anything unusual. Report any unusual appearance immediately through to the  Group Emergency Hotline on 1800 643 410 and keep watch over any suspect device until the Police or CBA Security arrive. By being vigilant you can play a part in reducing the risk of a skim attack!

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