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There are about 5 ways that card pins are stolen at an ATM. Here are some signs to watch out for:
- False fronts on the cover of an ATM.
- Card “skimmers” - devices that are usually attached to the card reader slot and can steal your bank info.
- A “Lebanese loop,” - small devices are usually made out of plastic and have a small barb on the back to hold your card into the machine allowing thieves to access your info.
- Hidden cameras, be on the lookout for cameras that could record your pin keystrokes or other sensitive information
- ATM number pad overlays- these keyboards can be laid on top of the actual ATM keypad to gather your pin code.
A few ways to keep your PIN code and bank info safe is to change your password often, protect your pin with your hand at the ATM and never choose a pin based on personal info like your birthday or address.