July 22, 2011
Eurasian organized crime groups are capturing credit and ATM card information with virtually undetectable devices. It’s called ATM skimming.
Mollie Halpern: Eurasian organized crime groups are capturing credit and ATM card information with virtually undetectable devices. It’s called ATM skimming.
Kimberly DeLeo: These bad guys are very technologically savvy.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau and this is “FBI, This Week.” A device called a boot is placed inside or over an ATM card slot so that it can capture the account information on the magnetic strip of your card. A camera or a keyboard overlay is used to steal PIN numbers. Supervisory Special Agent Kimberly DeLeo says a lot of detail goes into concealing those devices.
DeLeo: They sand them down and they paint them and they install the electronic equipment inside them.
Halpern: ATMs and gas pumps in major cities and vacation destinations are susceptible to the scheme. DeLeo suggests…
DeLeo: Cash transactions for gas pumps. ATM machines—only use them very infrequently.
Halpern: The FBI and our law enforcement partners are using intelligence to identify and locate the organized crime groups.
DeLeo: We track them and we catch them.
Halpern: For more information visit FBI.gov.
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