Rob here with Patriot Privacy, Tiberian Growdome and the Self-Reliance Institute.
I’ve got two important items I want to share with you today.
One is from my professional life and one hits closer to home personally.
Let’s start with the professional.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve discussed ATM card skimming – devices that steal the data off your ATM card so that scammers and thieves can steal your money right out of your bank account.
As you know, cybercrooks usually take the time and effort to attach or install those devices directly on the ATM itself. But that’s time consuming and risky for the bad guys.
So they’ve come up with a new twist and I want you to know about it so you can protect yourself and your money.
According to Brian Krebs in “Door Skimmer + Hidden Camera = Profit”:
“If an ATM you’d like to use is enclosed in a vestibule that requires a card swipe at the door, it might be a good idea to go find another machine, or at least use something other than a payment card to gain entry. Thieves frequently add skimmers to these key card locks and then hide cameras above or beside such ATMs, allowing them to steal your PIN and card data without ever actually tampering with the cash machine itself.”
Krebs than provides photos of exactly how and where these devices are installed so you can see how this happens for yourself.
And then he shares a tip that many of us already know, but is a great reminder:
“Pro tip: These door security devices aren’t too smart, and most of them will happily accept just about any card with a magnetic stripe. But don’t take my word for it: Next time you pass one of these ATM vestibules on the street, whip out your library card or ID card and see for yourself.”
That’s absolutely true. When I had an ATM card (I no longer have an ATM or Debit card – I got rid of them because they are the least secure forms of payment cards) I never used it to open the door to an ATM vestibule. I always used a different card – any other card – with a magnetic stripe as they almost always work.
OK – short and simple. Don’t use your ATM card to open the door to an ATM vestibule!!
It’s little tricks like these that can save you the time and expense that comes from identity theft and/or payment card fraud.
Now for a more personal topic.
My Dad died from cancer when I was in High School.
I can tell you that his death impacted every aspect of my life and – in many ways – it still impacts my life.
To be honest, I have some very definite opinions about the good and bad associated with many forms of cancer treatment.
And, importantly, I have a very open mind about what does and does not work and what may or may not work when it comes to cancer treatments.
For that reason, I am going to watch a series of documentaries called The Truth About Cancer.
And because I know many of you have been impacted by cancer in one fashion or another, you’re personally invited to watch this amazing 11-part, investigative report (60 minutes style) documentary mini-series that will broadcast to the world (for free) in less than a couple of weeks.
And let me emphasize – it’s FREE.
OK. I leave it to your good judgment. I’m always cautious when suggesting anything having to do with our health.
But, because of the impact cancer has had in my life, I will be watching The Truth About Cancer and I’d love to hear your opinion if you check it out.
As always, you can email me at Rob@SelfRely.com with your thoughts and any questions.
Be safe, secure, free and healthy!
And watch out for ATM Skimmers!!
Rob Douglas – Former Washington DC Private Detective
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