|ATM Fraud & Security Digest - December 2010|
|Written by Douglas Russell|
|Thursday, 13 January 2011 15:56|
Phishing / Vishing / Smishing / Funds Transfer Fraud
During December phishing, vishing and smishing attacks were reported globally. Vishing was particularly evident in the US and Australia. ATM funds transfer fraud was evident in Thailand and The Philippines, often linked to Chinese organized crime syndicates.
Cash Trapping / Transaction Reversal Fraud / Denomination Fraud
Cash trapping was reported from the UK during December.
ATM Skimming / Skimming / EFTPOS Compromise
ATM skimming was widely reported during December including from the US, UK, Canada and South Africa.
Card Trapping / Card Theft / Distraction / Card Swapping
Card trapping continued in December, particularly in the UK.
Ram Raid Attacks / Theft of ATM / Smash-and-Grab
During December, ram raid attacks continued to be reported in the US, Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. In the UK three perpetrators were jailed for a failed attempt to remove an ATM. They were quickly apprehended after being forced to abandon attempts to pull the ATM out using straps and a stolen car when the ATM got stuck in the doorway. In Saudi Arabia a suspect was arrested as he tried over and over to remove an ATM in broad daylight. A silent alarm had alerted police to the attack. Police in the US followed a trail of debris and apprehended a suspect driving a front loader with a stolen ATM. Bold thieves in the US manually removed an ATM from a building disguised as maintenance engineers.
Safe Cutting / Safe Breaking / Theft from ATM
Thefts from ATMs were reported in Vietnam, India, Australia, US, Canada, UK and Ireland. A range of tools were used, including welding equipment, cutting torches, drills, excavators and crowbars.
South Africa continued to experience ATM bombings during December. In the US, a failed attempt using a pipe bomb was reported.
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