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article imageATMs could make you a victim of identity theft

By Kevin Jess     Nov 24, 2009 in Business
You could find yourself to be a victim of identity theft simply by using an ATM. Second-hand ATMs have been showing up on Craigslist and Ebay and one person was able to get 1,000 credit card numbers from it.
Robert Siciliano, a data security expert told Fox News that he purchased an ATM after searching Craigslist for $750 from a bar owner looking to liquidate assets.
Once he had the ATM in his possession he asked a hacker friend to look over the owner's manual for him and discovered he was able to retrieve 1,000 credit card numbers from the machine's memory.
Fox is running a series on the story and is offering tips on how to avoid devices that skim the information from the strip on your card and cameras that record your PIN number.
According to the Fox report there isn't much you can do if you have used an ATM that for one reason or another is later sold.
The best you can do is to only use bank-branded ATMs at actual banks or avoid using ATMs that look out of place. Also check to see if it looks as though it has attachments, they could be designed to steal your information.
Mr. Siciliano said to Fox, “I just couldn’t believe I could go on Craigslist and buy an ATM machine. It shouldn’t be that easy."
Anyone in the U.S. and Canada can own an ATM, even criminals.
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