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A public service announcement

OK, not exactly.  But, it is information you might be interested in.

(I haven’t heard of any instances around the general Ratlands area, but then again, I don’t pay much attention to the local news, as I don’t (usually) care about what passes for news on the local TV stations and I really don’t care (ever) about the stupid questions they ask the victims, their families, their neighbors, or the random passers-by at the courthouse to find out how said individuals FEEL about whatever over-hyped “catastrophe” they are filling up air time with on any given day.)

Anyway, in some parts of the country, enterprising thieves are installing card skimmers on ATM machines to record account information electronically and record video of the pin numbers being entered on the machine so as to be able to clean out the accounts.  This article has pictures of card skimmers so you can get an idea of what they look like. 

It’s kind of scary how innocuous they are.  And I, for one, don’t remember ever looking under the upper lip of the transaction area on an ATM.

(via Megan McArdle)

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