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ATM Fraud & Security Digest - December 2010 E-mail
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.

Explosive Attacks

South Africa continued to experience ATM bombings during December. In the US, a failed attempt using a pipe bomb was reported.

Event in Focus

DFR Risk Management are providing ATM fraud and security training during the 2011 African Banking Fraud Prevention training event organized by PPTI Africa and being held in South Africa from February 14th until the 24th. For more details contact PPTI Africa.


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