Skimmer, customer data theft devices installed in the mouth of an ATM, became famous after the discovery of the theft cases BCA customer funds and 5 other banks in Bali. This tool is made in such a way that looks neat and ordinary customers would think nothing is odd.
The picture above is one of the Skimmer tool called "perfect example" in an article in www.krebsonsecurity.com. The first picture shows the mouth / slot for an ATM card out of the original. Figure two is an additional tool (electronic data capture) other names Skimmer.
Figure three is a form Skimmer separated from the original slot. Fig fourth, after the two devices are brought together, to look perfect is not it? Ordinary people would not understand.
Skimmer, there are at Citibank ATMs in Woodland Hills, California, USA, on December 6, 2009.
When a customer to enter his ATM card in the slot, the data on direct customer card recorded. Skimmer is also equipped with micro camera to record the movements of the fingers when pressed the customer PIN. When the customer data and the PIN has been obtained, the thieves quickly create fake cards. Customer data that have been acquired and put into it armed with a PIN that has been learned, there was a burglary attempt that account.
Skimmer can be deflected by means of anti-Skimmer . According to a digital forensics expert, Ruby Alamsyah, a number of ATMs in Indonesia has been fitted with anti-Skimmer tool. It's just that the new numbers a bit.
How to avoid skimming?
Know your ATM machines are used properly. If possible, use ATMs in the same location as often as possible so it will look if there is a change.
Notice if there is something strange about the ATM machine such as scratches, stains, tape, glue and former matters more suspicious.
If you find a change or anomaly in the ATM, report it to the Bank and the delay / do not do the transaction.
Strive to access ATM's in bank or in a crowded location and light to minimize the risk.
To use an ATM card outside (the place of shopping or restaurant) always look at what the officer on the card and ask if there is a strange behavior.
If used while shopping, the card should only rub on the official machine and cash register, ask the clerk if swiping the card to another device (especially if equipment is somewhere hidden behind the counter).