Extremely sophisticated, 3D printed (?) ATM skimmer


29 Responses to “Extremely sophisticated, 3D printed (?) ATM skimmer”

  1. K. Williams says:

    I usually check most ATM slots now, but sometimes I don’t bother with them if they are the newer style similar to the one displayed.  I guess I’ll have to start checking those ones too now.

  2. mccrum says:

    Obviously the response here should be that all 3D printers must be registered and all material that is fed into them must be considered a controlled substance.  Otherwise these people could just make *anything!*

  3. ecobore says:

    actually if I see anything vaguely suspicious on an ATM, I try to prise it off… So far nothing has come loose in my hand!

  4. RaleighSaintClair says:

    Isn’t this the new Chase Fleshlight?

  5. We’ve had these kind in Ireland for about a year and a half, same green bubble and everything, obviously the card is different.
    I caught 2 guys walking away from an ATM one night as I was about to use it, I didn’t use it because it was pretty obvious what was going on, so I went back and sat in my car. One of the guys was right beside me ‘on the phone’, it’s funny, because his lips didn’t move once on this very long call. Anyway, I called the cops, they showed up, the 2 guys got arrested and got no money, hurray!!

  6. davnel says:

    Cory: What are the legal implications of removing such a device from the ATM machine?

    • mccrum says:

      Probably less than the legal implications of putting one there.  It sounds like skimmer installers watch the ATMs as well so you may receive a pummeling, but I don’t think the cops would do anything.

  7. nanoquimico says:

    The article mentions that STL may have been used to make molds. Maybe they 3d printed a mold and then cast the parts using liquid resins that solidify.3d printing, especially in the cheap end tends to produce a rough “pixelated” surface finish. That should be easy to identify from the quality of the surface finish.

  8. I highly recommend reading the comments on Krebbie’s site. Once Again I Realize I Am In The Wrong Business!

  9. Sharada prasad Mohanty says:

    Google south bay area Lucky’s skimmer. After 1 skimmer was found at a self checkout register at Lucky’s, they searched all of the locations and found about 20 professional skimmers.
    Money was actively being taken from customer bank accounts. The recommendation was to close your account if you shopped there. Pretty severe.

  10. nanoquimico says:

    We can now update the photoshop meme to: “I have seen a few 3d prints in my time. I can tell from the voxels.”

  11. someguyyouvenevermet says:

    A ‘True Geek’ does not use his/her powers for evil. 

  12. Aloisius says:

    Clearly we need to cover the entire face of the ATM with one gigantic hologram.

  13. unaboomer says:

    There is a “Made in Canada” label which makes me first think that it’s a Blackberry and secondly we need a candidate that is bold enough to build a northern border fence.   Cain is such a pussy for dropping out.

    • mccrum says:

      He only dropped out so he could really get work done and help out.  And help his family because of the “hurt caused on me”.

  14. John Ohno says:

    The Ministry of Language and Culture is proud to stand in solidarity with the Committee for Preserving the Rights and Privileges of Low-Cost Housing.

  15. Jesseham says:

    I always move my pin-punching fingers around and try to touch all the buttons in a way that obscures what actual buttons I’m pushing.

  16. Sooper8 says:

    I’m more worried about the fraudsters in the bank than outside it.
    They frequently take my money and blackmail me.
    Never had a problem with skimmers…

  17. lecti says:

    Remember to cover up your PIN – piece of cloth may help.

  18. penguinchris says:

    I had my card skimmed a couple weeks ago when I was in NYC for two weeks, but it was a credit card, not a debit/atm card. The card never left my possession and I only used it at reputable businesses (Uniqlo and Muji primarily… both places are deadly to my wallet).

    When I think it happened, I suspected there was a skimmer and tried to pull it off, but there were only two machines (MTA metro card machines in a small subway station) and the other one was out of order and missing the train wasn’t an option (I already had a metro card but wasn’t keeping track of how much money was on it – and of course I didn’t have enough when I was in a huge hurry, not when it might have been more convenient).

    I had to swipe my card about five times before the machine accepted it, no doubt due to the skimmer.

    It was used by the crims after I had already been back in CA for a day or two at an Apple Store on Long Island. The bank recognized it as an unlikely transaction and declined it, thankfully. I guess the crims must have known it was a credit card, or assumed it was a debit card that could be used as a credit card, so they tried to buy iphones or something with high resale value rather than trying to withdraw funds at an ATM.

    I guess my point is, don’t be lax if you’re using a credit card at machines rather than a debit/atm card – always try your mightiest to rip stuff off the machine :)

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