I’ve recently fallen into the habit of pulling and tugging at ATM slots before I slide my card through because I fear that someone nefarious has stuck one of these 3D-printed card skimmers over the opening. This skimmer, found in California, was 3D-printed to resemble the real Chase ATM slot almost perfectly.
Wildly enough, there’s a pinhole camera connected to a full PCB hidden under the plate and the ports designed to assist the visually impaired seem to be unimpeded, which means nothing would seem amiss even as this thing grabbed your card account number, PIN, and, presumably, the security code on the back of your card in some cases. The fact that this barnacle of electronics is attached, parasitically, to one of the most secure and human-proof devices in existence is an amazing feat.
I’ve noticed that since a pair of skimmers were caught in New York City using similar hardware, many of the Chase ATMs here have begun using a different design with blue transparent plastic. I worry that this sort of security by reaction will be a bit shortsighted but clearly Chase has begun the cat and mouse game with these guys. I wonder when those janky ATMs at delis and convenience stores will be hit?