Another ATM scam and Kudos for the Paharganj Police.
vonkla
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#16
| 10 yrs in India

Originally posted by: vonkla View Post

An Indian friend told us that it wise to sweep the keys after a transaction,



How do you do that, and what is its significance? [Blush]
#17
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: atala View Post

How do you do that, and what is its significance? [Blush]


So that nobody can track what keys you pressed. You can use a cloth to sweep the keys.

Or, just press some keys randomly after transaction is complete :D
#18
| 10 yrs in India
Ok that is the general idea, but I don't see why pressing some more keys would matter.

Suppose there is a skimming-something there, why would pressing some more keys make a difference? The main numbers would be there too (registered in the skimming-device), no?

And the wiping with a cloth... what would that do? You mean wiping and pressing random keys?... I just don't get it, what this is supposed to do.

Edit: Or you suppose, the keys from the first real punching somehow get stuck that someone else can trace which ones were pushed? Is that the case?
#19
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: atala View Post


Suppose there is a skimming-something there, why would pressing some more keys make a difference? The main numbers would be there too (registered in the skimming-device), no?



I was referring to the type of fraud in which a fake keypad (non digital) is used on the actual keypad to get your PIN using some transparent layer in between those, immediately after you exit the ATM.

Wiping or pressing random number will not work if a digital fake keypad/hidden camera is used to register your PIN.

Originally posted by: vonkla View Post

An Indian friend told us that it wise to sweep the keys after a transaction, the guard laughs when I do that...


This is why he laughed. Because the guard had better devices which cannot be prevented by sweeping only.
#20
| Maha Guru Member
Some people sweep because your fingers leave a thermal image after being touched. If they come quickly they can record that and figure out a likely combo with patience..
#21
| Humble servant of the self
With a three and lower four digit balance in my account, seems like I save a lot of hassle.
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