Thieves Use Low-Tech Glue in Latest Scam: Jamming ATM Keys
Thieves glue down the "enter," "cancel," and "clear" buttons on an ATM's keypad. When victims go to use the keypad, they enter in their number and...realize the keys are stuck. When they go into the bank to complain, the scammers swoop in and withdraw money, using the touchscreen.
San Francisco police told TheSan Francisco Examiner they've received at least four reports of similar thefts in the area. Often customers don't notice the withdrawals for days.
Officials say that if you go into an ATM and notice the buttons are stuck, you should use the touchscreen to cancel out of your transaction, and make sure you don't leave your card in the machine.
If you need to reach the bank, call on your cell phone or send someone else into the building to report the problem.
This is the latest in a number of ATM scams, including "skimming," in which a fake credit reader is attached to the machine to steal the information.
Remember to check your balance often. Debit cards do not have the same protections as credit cards, and the number of days you have to report problems may be limited.