It's common sense that using an ATM requires a certain degree of caution, but if you think getting mugged at the machine is all you have to look out for, you're in for a shock. ATM scams are getting more creative by the day, and you need to know how they work and what you can do to protect yourself against these money scams.

Just because a machine looks normal at first glance, it doesn't mean it hasn't been used for scamming money. ATM skimmers, cash traps, and system hacks are all becoming commonplace in the dark world of fraud, and most of the time, they're fully concealed inside the ATM.

While there's little you can do once the scamming device is already installed, you can dodge it by sticking to ATMs from banks you trust, covering your PIN from possible hidden cameras, and setting up transaction alerts on your bank account so you can easily intercept any suspicious activity. If you do become a victim of fraud, it goes without saying that issuing a scammer alert to your bank and canceling your card is a must-do.

Check out the most insane ATM scamming examples below, and don't worry about being a little paranoid next time you use one - it's your money you're dealing with, after all.

#1

Sometimes Wiggling The ATM Is Not Enough

Sometimes Wiggling The ATM Is Not Enough

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Admittedly, placing this fake ATM on an ATM would be captured by all CCTV cameras in the vincinity...I cannot imagine this do be done without getting attention. ;)

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#2

Always Wiggle The Card Reader

Always Wiggle The Card Reader

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Anya O
Community Member
4 years ago

If you look below the card reader, you can see a sign that says audio and has headphones on it, AN ATM HAS A HEADPHONE JACK BUT THE IPHONE 7 DOESN'T....I'm starting to think if i should just buy an ATM instead.

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#3

How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Headphone Socket Sunk In And Off Alignment

How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Headphone Socket Sunk In And Off Alignment

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Intensive Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

why do an ATM have an Audio Jack? To listen to sad music while get some money from your account?

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#4

Hidden Camera

Hidden Camera

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Nighty fox dreemurr
Community Member
4 years ago

Another one in Brazil..

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#5

Went To An ATM I Frequently Use In Houston And Notice Something Different... What Is This Grey Box?

Went To An ATM I Frequently Use In Houston And Notice Something Different... What Is This Grey Box?

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Carol Krason
Community Member
3 days ago

HOW TO GET BLANK ATM/ CLONE CARDS Am carolkrason i live here in California United States I lost my job because of the pandemic covid 19 and I decided to sort for loan companies here in the United States to pay for school supplies of my kids and pay my bills because am a single parents ,but i was advised by my friend to get blank atm card instead,that was the first time i heard about such card i thought it was too good to be true because of the good features associated with the card as she has explained, i was scared to loose my money for such a card my friend took me to the atm machine to see how she uses the card to withdraw free cash i was surprised and desperate about it immediately she withdrew with the card it was so real and realistic no stress i ordered for the lowest card through their email blankatmcardsandclonecards@gmail.com the lowest is a card of $400 that withdraws $5,500 daily for a period of 6years for me, this blank cards are real and not traceable it automatica

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#6

How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Cracks Underneath The Receipt Slot

How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Cracks Underneath The Receipt Slot

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Filipe Vieira
Community Member
4 years ago

What does the cracks mean?

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#7

False Keypad Overlay And Card Skimmer

False Keypad Overlay And Card Skimmer

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Macchi
Community Member
4 years ago

how do you recognize/ take it off??

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#8

How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Card Slot Sticking Out

How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Card Slot Sticking Out

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Pietro Corsellini
Community Member
4 years ago

In Europe some atm are like that but they are not fake...

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#9

Pinhole Camera

Pinhole Camera

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Ria Hyams
Community Member
4 years ago

This is why if possible I take money out only inside a bank using the ATM in a bank

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#10

I Always Check The ATM Before Withdrawing Money. Panel Under The Screen Came Off As Well. The Panel Contained A Camera. The Green Piece In The Picture Was Over The Card Slot And Scans You Credit Card

I Always Check The ATM Before Withdrawing Money. Panel Under The Screen Came Off As Well. The Panel Contained A Camera. The Green Piece In The Picture Was Over The Card Slot And Scans You Credit Card

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#11

Cash Trap Devices

Cash Trap Devices

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Colleen Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

HOW TO GET BLANK ATM/ CLONE CARDS I am Carol krason and i lived here in the United States, CA. I lost my job because of the pandemic covid 19 and I decided to sort for loan companies here in the United States to pay for school supplies of my kids and pay my bills because am a single parents ,but i was advised by my friend to get blank atm card instead,that was the first time i heard about such card i thought it was too good to be true because of the good features associated with the card as she has explained, i was scared to loose my money for such a card my friend took me to the atm machine to see how she uses the card to withdraw free cash i was surprised and desperate about it immediately she withdrew with the card it was so real and realistic no stress i ordered for the lowest card through their official email blankatmcardsandclonecards@gmail.com the lowest was a card of $400 that withdraws $5,500 daily for a period of 6months after 6months they kept renewing it automaticall

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#12

How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Button Color Is Changed (This Particular ATM Had Black Button Before)

 How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Button Color Is Changed (This Particular ATM Had Black Button Before)

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Hm...most ATMs I have seen as of late have the middle button colored in yellow...

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#13

ATM Skimmer Transmits Stolen Data Via Text Message

ATM Skimmer Transmits Stolen Data Via Text Message

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Danny Root
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like the scammer themselves took the pictures as they were putting one of these together in their kitchen.

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#14

Card Reader And Camera Attached As A Panel On The Frame Of The Screen

Card Reader And Camera Attached As A Panel On The Frame Of The Screen

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#15

Lebanese Loop. Slits Are Cut Into Both Sides Of The Trap. This Prevents Your Card From Being Returned Prior To Completing Your Transaction

Lebanese Loop. Slits Are Cut Into Both Sides Of The Trap. This Prevents Your Card From Being Returned Prior To Completing Your Transaction

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Elie Hanna
Community Member
4 years ago

Huh.. whats that ??? Im lebanese and never heard about it

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#16

ATM Skimmer

ATM Skimmer

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Sharon Jessica
Community Member
1 month ago

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