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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.

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Sometimes Wiggling The ATM Is Not Enough

Sometimes Wiggling The ATM Is Not Enough

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Hans
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Always Wiggle The Card Reader

Always Wiggle The Card Reader

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Anya O
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BEST WAY TO HAVE GOOD AMOUNT TO START A GOOD BUSINESS or TO START LIVING A GOOD LIFE..... Hack and take money directly from any ATM Machine Vault with the use of ATM Programmed Card which runs in automatic mode. email (williamshackers@hotmail.com) for how to get it and its cost . .......... EXPLANATION OF HOW THESE CARD WORKS.......... You just slot in these card into any ATM Machine and it will automatically bring up a MENU of 1st VAULT $1,000, 2nd VAULT $2,000, RE-PROGRAMMED, EXIT, CANCEL. Just click on either of the VAULTS, and it will take you to another SUB-MENU of ALL, OTHERS, EXIT, CANCEL. Just click on others and type in the amount you wish to withdraw from the ATM and you have it cashed instantly... Done. ***NOTE: DON'T EVER MAKE THE MISTAKE OF CLICKING THE "ALL" OPTION. BECAUSE IT WILL TAKE OUT ALL THE AMOUNT OF THE SELECTED VAULT. email (williamshackers@hotmail.com). We are located in USA.

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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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False Keypad Overlay And Card Skimmer

False Keypad Overlay And Card Skimmer

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How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Card Slot Sticking Out

How To Spot An ATM Skimmer: Card Slot Sticking Out

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Pinhole Camera

Pinhole Camera

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Ria Hyams
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BLANK ATM CARDS/CLONE CARDS Engr Weber produces the best and reliable BLANK ATM CARDs with the highest accuracy. i believe him so much because he came through for me and made me get $5,500 daily and i've made over $50,000 since it got delivered to me recently now i have my business and my family do not beg anymore. if interested you can contact him now via blankatmdeliveryxpress@gmail.com don't be scared you pay and the card get program by them, and delivery takes just 3days all over the world it cost money to get one so get your cash ready when contacting him is legit please share as many would need this help thanks.

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Cash Trap Devices

Cash Trap Devices

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BLANK ATM CARDS/CLONE CARDS Engr Weber produces the best and reliable BLANK ATM CARDs with the highest accuracy. i believe him so much because he came through for me and made me get $5,500 daily and i've made over $50,000 since it got delivered to me recently now i have my business and my family do not beg anymore. if interested you can contact him now via blankatmdeliveryxpress@gmail.com don't be scared you pay and the card get program by them, and delivery takes just 3days all over the world it cost money to get one so get your cash ready when contacting him is legit please share as many would need this help thanks.

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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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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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ATM Skimmer Transmits Stolen Data Via Text Message

ATM Skimmer Transmits Stolen Data Via Text Message

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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Carol Krason
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BLANK ATM CARDS/CLONE CARDS Engr Weber produces the best and reliable BLANK ATM CARDs with the highest accuracy. i believe him so much because he came through for me and made me get $5,500 daily and i've made over $50,000 since it got delivered to me recently now i have my business and my family do not beg anymore. if interested you can contact him now via blankatmdeliveryxpress@gmail.com don't be scared you pay and the card get program by them, and delivery takes just 3days all over the world it cost money to get one so get your cash ready when contacting him is legit please share as many would need this help thanks.

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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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ATM Skimmer

ATM Skimmer

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Carol Krason
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BLANK ATM CARDS/CLONE CARDS Engr Weber produces the best and reliable BLANK ATM CARDs with the highest accuracy. i believe him so much because he came through for me and made me get $5,500 daily and i've made over $50,000 since it got delivered to me recently now i have my business and my family do not beg anymore. if interested you can contact him now via blankatmdeliveryxpress@gmail.com don't be scared you pay and the card get program by them, and delivery takes just 3days all over the world it cost money to get one so get your cash ready when contacting him is legit please share as many would need this help thanks.

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