3D Printed ‘Skimming’ Devices Steal $100,000 from ATMs
(ITnews for Australian Business) A gang of suspected Romanian criminals is using 3D printers and CAD to manufacture “sophisticated” ATM skimming devices used to steal from Sydney residents. NSW Police recently arrested and charged a Romanian national with fraud after a money transfer officer contacted police over a suspicious transaction. Police said they established a dedicated taskforce to address the skimming issue in June after seeing an increase in alleged offenses.
The taskforce found one gang that had allegedly targeted 15 ATMs across metropolitan Sydney, affecting tens of thousands of people and nabbing around $100,000.
Commander of the NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, Detective Superintendent Col Dyson, told iTnews the alleged gang focused on two types of ATM design, with one particularly “sophisticated” skimming device entirely self contained and accompanied by a tiny video camera.
Dyson declined to provide detail on how the devices were being manufactured, but said NSW Police were aware the gang was using 3D printers and CAD technology. “These devices are actually manufactured for specific models of ATMs so they fit better and can’t be detected as easily,” he said. “Banks and ATM builders were engaged in an ongoing war with skimmers, constantly developing new methods to defeat the devices while criminals figured out how to thwart them.” For customers, it is “difficult if not impossible” to tell if an ATM has a skimming device attached, Dyson said. The most effective method users can deploy to escape being compromised is simply to cover the keypad as they enter their pin.
NSW Police said they had traced some of the stolen funds to Romania, where it believed the gang originated.