ATM Skimming article at KSTP
Updated: 05/22/2015 9:57 AM
Created: 05/21/2015 9:21 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson
It's hard enough to hit the road on a holiday weekend, but stopping for snacks and fast cash could cost you a lot more than you'd think.
Metro police departments are warning area banks to pay close attention to their ATMs because debit card thefts from ATMs are at their highest level in 20 years.
An ABC News report shows data thefts at ATMs inside banks are up 174 percent so far this year. At freestanding non-bank ATMs, thefts are up a whopping 317 percent.
Experts say if you're not paying attention to the machine you're using, you might as well just hand your cash straight over to the criminals. Matthew J. Harmon is a cyber security consultant, or as he puts it, an IT detective.
He says that people should not be afraid to thoroughly inspect the machine they are using.
"Be willing to try to tamper with the device yourself," Harmon advices. "ATMs are supposed to be impenetrable, physically, because it holds a lot of cash. So try jimmying things. Try getting your nail underneath it. Try pulling on devices."
Harmon says the safest ATMs to use are the ones located at or inside a bank. However, all machines can have a skimming device easily attached within a minute and a half.