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be cautious using the cash machines.

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be cautious using the cash machines.

hello there,just a word of warning me and some friends were in samui back in november and whilst we were out there me and another friend had our cash cards cloned.

the only way that could of happened is at a cash point machine as they even had our pin numbers.we never used our cards to pay hotel,resturant bills so there was no chance of any rourue worker copying the card.

funny thing is that we arrived back in the uk at the end of november and my friends card didnt get used till the beginning of january and they had him for 600 uk pounds that was withdrawn from atm's in malaysia and last week my card got used in bangkok over a 3 day period and got done for 860 uk pounds. thats when we twigged that we both must of got done on samui.

so when using any cash machines make sure you use your other hand to shield the keypad when putting in your pin.

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They've had a rash of that here in Southern California. The "bandits" slip a specaial card reader over the normal one on the ATM. So when you slip your card in, the ATM still reads it, but also the "bandits" reader grabs all the information from magnetic card. These special readers blend in to the ATM, and most people don't notice them.

Then the bandits sit across the streat and use a camera with a high zoom to capture the pin as you enter it in.

However, since most ATM cards now double as Vista/MC debit cards, a lot of the thieves aren't even bothering to steal the pins. They just use the info from the magnetic stripe to make a clone to use as a debit card, no pin required.

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