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 them.


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Just because an ATM looks normal at first glance, it doesn't mean the machine hasn't been toyed with. Card 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 informing your bank and cancelling your card is a must-do.

Check out the most insane ATM scams 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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Saint Victoria 1 year ago

wuddafawk... put that much effort into creating something that scams banks.... could you imagine if they put the same effort into something good?

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#2 Always Wiggle The Card Reader

Always Wiggle The Card Reader

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Anya O 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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#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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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