Have you used the ATM at Cardiff Central Station?

I just got an email about a ATM Cash Machine at Cardiff Central Station that had a card skimming or cloning device. Update: On BBC News too at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7505613.stm

The First Great Western (FGW) have reported it on their blog http://www.iworkforfgw.com/railblog/index.php?month=july08#1407081600 on the 14th July 2008 but the device was found by the British Transport Police (BTP) on Friday 11 July 2008. So it could have been there for a while…

‘Detective Sergeant Dave Goddard from British Transport Police said: “We would urge people to examine their bank statements with close scrutiny.

“The device – a camera and a card reader – were recovered from the front of the machine on Friday at around 3pm.”‘ – First Great Western (FGW) Blog

For those who do not know how skimming /cloning works: The card details are read by the cloning device(i.e., card reader) and the PIN is recorded by the camera.

1. It is always a good idea to cover up the key-pad when entering your cards PIN, no matter where you are.
2. Use a certain ATM often and familiarise your self with it.
3. Check the card slot. Here is what it looks like replaced [3].
4. Although it is a good idea to check the card slot beware of scammers that replace whole ATM fascia [2].
5. Educate your selves [2, 3, 4, 5, 6].
6. Finally, after watching the video[5, 6] and taking into consideration the ATM’s sound structure give the different parts of the ATM a good hitting and nothing weird should be hanging around the ATM.

Thanks go to P. Messenger who brought it to the our attention.

Links Used:

[1] – First Great Western (FGW) Blog – Monday 14th July 2008 @ 16:00 – Card Skimming at Cardiff – http://www.iworkforfgw.com/railblog/index.php?month=july08#1407081600
[2] – BBC News, Gang jailed over bank card scam – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4143192.stm
[3] The University of Texas at Austin – ATM Scam – http://www.utexas.edu/police/alerts/atm_scam/
[4] NBC US – ATM Skimming Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3qK46L2b_c
[5] BBC Three – ATM Card FRAUD… A Warning – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCLsgxS38mE
[6] ATM fraudsters (CCTV) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrLJjzoVqwE&NR=1
[7] Station’s cash machine targeted http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7505613.stm

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2 Responses to Have you used the ATM at Cardiff Central Station?

  1. Ollie says:

    I feel the need to clarify that my blog is in no way operated by First Great Western, just a member of staff trying to do a bit of good for it’s passengers.

    Thanks for the link though 🙂

  2. Konstantinos Xynos says:

    Hello Ollie,
    Thank you for the clarification. We were in a rush to get the word out and did not check to see the ownership of the blog. If there are any problems from First Great Western; I would like to say then as an update to this posting that the blog is private and the views expressed are those of an employee and not actually First Great Western.

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