Money-related scams arose in practice at the same time that the first forms of monetary currencies “came into existence”, mainly related to counterfeits but also to types of theft, which in many cases characterized the “measures of security “. . Even ordinary citizens are now “educated” to manage their money with precision.
Even with the advent of electronic money, scams have found a diffusion, obviously in a diversified way (this is the case, for example, of Phishingone of the most common forms of online scams) compared to real contexts, which in any case are characterized by the presence of more or less ingenious types of scams and thefts.
In this second decade of the 21st century, electronic money (cards, transfers, etc.) is becoming more and more common but has not yet replaced cash in all contexts: cash is still the “currency” par excellence. The integration between traditional money and electronic money goes first and foremost through ATMs and ATMs, machines used above all for providing cash, which are often prime targets for extorting information and money from evil people.
“Do not withdraw from these ATMs or branches!”: This is the reason
The scams are very diverse, and although many are now very well known, in some cases they are very complicated to recognize: accessing the card information and the PIN code is what they need, which is why in addition to the “low-tech” scams, which rely on victim distraction, those involving meter tampering are still very common.
The ATM can actually be tampered with by following several modus operandiaccording to what is predicted skimmer (device suitable for cloning the card), placed in correspondence of the slot used for the insertion of the suitably camouflaged card, with tiny cameras present near the keyboard, these too often hidden from the non-attentive eye, keyboard which can also be covered with a sort of second keyboard, capable of recognizing the PIN code entered.
Also pay attention to the slot used for the exit of banknotes which can be tampered with to “block” the money with plastic sheets and other tools
In general, it is always best to assess the integrity of all “sensitive” parts of an ATM, perhaps comparing it carefully with others, perhaps reporting it to bank staff.