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How Crooks Use iPods To Steal Your Info

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Crooks are using  iPods to steal confidential bank information right out from under people’s noses.  Police say thieves are using a simple iPod Nano to grab images from credit and debit cards at an ATM.

Crooks build a special container to hold the iPod Nano.


Then they poke a pinhole in the back to leave room for the camera lens. Then they place it somewhere within sight of the keypad for the ATM.


These crooks used the iPods to record videos of people entering their PIN numbers.  They paired this device with a skimmer attached to the ATM designed to grab cards as they were ejected. Some skimmers also have the ability to steal the credit card info and instantly transmit it to crooks. These fake slots fit right over top of the real card slot on the ATM.


These pictures were provided by the Greater Manchester Police and skimming machines like this have been discovered all over the UK recently, but they certainly aren’t limited to the other side of the pond.  When the machine eats the card, frustrated customers will walk away and place a call to the bank.

In the meantime, the crooks grab the card and use the PIN number to take all of your money out of the bank. By the time the bank sends someone out to check the ATM the next day, your money is all gone.

Banks normally replace any money stolen by thieves, but that can take some time and can lead to bounced checks and other problems.

Police advise people to look very closely at any ATM machine you’re using to see if you spot anything unusual.

~ Cynthia


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One Response to “How Crooks Use iPods To Steal Your Info”

  1. Shanker says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    Thanks for keeping us informed about the latest tricks of crooks.

    It’s high time that Banks scan every user of ATM before any transaction. And, any tampering including blocking of camera should immediately lock the door with the bank and nearest police station being alerted! Meanwhile that ATM should be inactivated until cleared.

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