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ATM Thefts – A How-to guide ???

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to do something good, you end up doing something stupid. No, I’m not talking about my friend Bob this time 😉 This time it’s the creator of a (over)helpful user awareness email doing the rounds.

I was lucky enough to find a copy of this sitting in my email-box this morning, and thought it was something worth commenting on.

Step by Step guide

The PowerPoint presentation walks a user through how ATM thief’s can steal your card and PIN number using simple social engineering attack and a small piece of x-ray film. The message is a good one, and the creators (as it doesn’t appear to be an official bank creation) have their hearts in the right place. Helping poor the defenceless public is always a good thing. With that said, this PowerPoint also reads like a step by step guide for your average scumbag thief to begin running this scam on your local ATM.

Sometimes a little too much information is a bad thing. This awareness campaign would have been just as effective without all the fine detail on placing the x-ray film to catch the card. At least let the bad-guys do their own experimentation instead of handing them a proven and tested recipe.

Take a look and tell me what you think. –> DOWNLOAD