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ATM Fraud and Security Digest - June 2012 E-mail
Written by Douglas Russell   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:03

ATM Skimming / Skimming / EFTPOS Compromise

ATM skimming remained the most common type of ATM fraud detected globally in June although countries with mature EMV chip deployments appeared to continue to experience a reduction in incidents. A US citizen, originally from Romania was sentenced to seven years prison in the US for involvement in organized ATM skimming. In a separate incident, two Bulgarian nationals pleaded guilty to ATM skimming in the US. In addition to attaching skimming devices to ATM card readers, miniature spy cameras, disguised as speakers were used. Sentencing in the UK included a total of four and a half years for two Romanian nationals to be followed by deportation. Three Bulgarian nationals suspected of ATM skimming were arrested in France. In Singapore, two Malaysian nations were each sentenced to six years prison for possession of skimming and other related equipment.

Card Trapping / Cash Trapping / Card Swapping / Leaving Transaction Live

Card trapping and cash trapping continued to dominate ATM fraud incidents in Europe throughout June. Internal cash trapping appeared to increase significantly and in some cases physical damage to the cash dispenser was associated with such attacks. An observant CCTV operator enabled police to arrest two suspects following the installation of card traps at ATMs in the UK.

Transaction Reversal Fraud / Cheque Fraud / Denomination Fraud / Funds Transfer

An increasing number of transaction reversal fraud incidents were detected in Europe during June. Police in India disrupted suspects following a number of partial cash removal reversal fraud incidents. The financial regulator in Korea has indicated that they will add a time delay between cash being transferred and subsequently withdrawn from ATMs to reduce the impact of phishing combined with funds transfer fraud.

Ram Raid Attacks / Theft of ATM / Smash-and-Grab

Two British nationals were arrested in Thailand suspected of the failed theft of an ATM. A truck was used in a ram raid and theft of an ATM from a shopping arcade in Australia during June. Police in Malaysia suspect that foreign nationals were involved in the theft of ATMs. Two suspects were arrested in India following an inter-state investigation into ATM thefts. In the UK a suspect pleaded guilty to the theft of an ATM one day after he had been released from prison for another offence. A digger was stolen and used in the theft of an ATM in the UK during June. A stolen crane was used in a US theft of an ATM.

Safe Cutting / Safe Breaking / Theft from ATM

Police in India arrested an employee of a cash replenishment company and recovered cash following the internal theft of cash from ATMs which were accessed using pass codes. A group abandoned an attempt to cut open an ATM in Malaysia after their cutting torch set of the fire alarm.

Explosive Attacks

Although arrests have been made, explosive attacks continued in South Africa during June.


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