Man Discovers Tampered BPI ATM, Posts Find on Facebook to Warn Netizens

Man Discovers Tampered BPI ATM, Posts Find on Facebook to Warn Netizens

Netizen FJ Castle was using a BPI ATM behind FullyBooked near the W-Building at the Bonifacio Global City when he noticed that something was not right with the machine.

He checked the machine and discovered that there was a fake keypad placed on top of the original. What makes this quite alarming is that the dummy keypad was embedded with microchips which could record data from the machine users.

Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

This discovery led him to further check the machine for tampering. He said he also found an apparatus right on the area where you insert your card. This apparatus also had a microchip.

Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

Both discoveries lead FJ Castle to believe that the ATM is being used by crooks to skim data from unsuspecting customers.

Because there was an apparatus in the card slot, the crooks would be able to copy data from the ATM card which they could duplicate. This fake ATM would have been useless without the user’s PIN but because the criminals also placed the dummy keypad on the original, they would have been able to record the user’s PIN which they could then use to withdraw money from the account.

Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

FJ Castle immediately took photos of the tampered machine and posted them on Facebook to warn other ATM users.

WARNING!

According to FJ Castle, he only discovered the tampered ATM on Dec. 2, 2014, just around 9:30 PM. He has no idea when the crooks had installed the fake devices.

Banks would eventually refund the money you can prove to have been stolen by someone but it could take weeks for them to do that – imagine the hassle it would be for you to repeatedly go to the bank to report the incident and to process the refund.

Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

In line with this, he urges everyone who has ever used the BPI ATM at that location to immediately change their PINs to prevent the crooks from stealing their money.

Also, it would be a good idea to regularly check your account for possible withdrawals that you did not make so you can report the theft via ATM card skimming to your bank.

With the Christmas holiday season fast approaching and workers receiving extra bonuses and 13th month pays, crooks are also working doubly hard to steal your hard-earned money. Do not be a victim. Just like FJ Castle, always be on the lookout for possible tampering in the ATM you are using plus make sure to regularly change your PIN so that the crooks could not use your data.

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