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5 Ways to Spot a Hacked ATM


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Watch Out for ATMs in the Open
Use only those ATM machines that are well-lit, and preferably ones attached to banks or financial institutions.
Use only those ATM machines that are well-lit, and preferably ones attached to banks or financial institutions.
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We've all seem them before: those lonely street corner ATMs, bathed in a weak pool of flickering light. Those ATMs tucked away in dark corners could easily hide opportunistic muggers -- or skimmers. If an ATM looks shady or suspicious, or is simply poorly lit, it's probably best to avoid it altogether.

When you're on the lookout for an ATM to use, think about how accessible it is. How easy would it be for a thief to gain access to the ATM? Is it in a locked building at night, or completely unguarded? Is it built for privacy in a way that would easily hide a credit thief while they install a skimmer?

It would be downright paranoid to assume every outdoor ATM is dangerous, of course. Just do your best to avoid the ones that look especially seedy. More importantly, you need to be aware of hidden cameras masquerading as everyday objects at ATMs that look completely safe. Read on to learn more about how to recognize them.