5 ways to spot an ATM skimmer in Thailand

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ATM skimmers are everywhere. No matter what the country is, there is always a chance that an ATM will have had a sneaky device inserted into it, designed to clone your card. Some of the tactics used to steal information are quite advanced but even the simple techniques used by thieves can be just as effective.

The good news is that even if your details and money are stolen, the bank is responsible for reimbursing you. Sometimes though, people might not even notice that money is being skimmed from their accounts in small portions, so it’s always best to be aware of your account balance and to take care when using an ATM.

Here are some of the things to be aware of when using your ATM card in Thailand or anywhere else in the world.

  1. A strange card slot

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If the card slot isn’t flush or looks disproportionate, don’t use it, there’s a chance a skimmer is covering it.

  1. Loose slots

Wiggle the slot around, if it feels too loose or if there’s a big gap around the edge of the reader, be cautious.

  1. Spongy keyboard

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A soft keyboard might feel nice on your fingertips but it also might mean that a fake pad has been placed over the original, in order to capture the order of the buttons you press.

  1. Tampering

If any part of the machine looks like it has been put out of place, choose a different machine.

  1. Hidden cameras

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You might not see them, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Hidden cameras could always be watching so always cover the keypad when you put in your PIN.