Last June, Belgian 3D printing shop i.materialise received (and declined) its first order for a custom, 3D-printed ATM skimmer faceplate. Good on the i.materialisers, but get set for a lot more of this sort of thing, as more of us end up with our own 3D printers that produce parts on demand, without any nose service bureau to tell us that committing bank fraud is an inappropriate technological choice.
The 3D model of the device was very well designed, and we would like to urge everyone to be aware and take extreme caution when dealing with ATM machines. Should your credit/debit card be compromised, immediately contact the authorities as well as your local bank.ATTENTION: ATM skimming device (Thanks, Alice!)
Rest assured i.materialise as part of Materialise Group will never support and/or produce questionable devices that may cause illegal activities. We are sharing this information in an effort to inform as well as prevent a potential crime.
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