Thursday, December 06, 2007
ATM Scams Again
We were caught in an ATM scam here in San Miguel de Allende a little more than two years ago. The scammers came back to town this weekend. We have two friends that had money taken out of their bank accounts after they used their ATM cards over the weekend and we've been reading about a lot of other people that were caught in the scam too.
The last time, when it happened to us, the Fraud people at our bank told us that at that time there was a lot of ATM fraud in Mexico, England and Australia. Somehow the criminals manage to put some device on the ATM machine and read all your information including your pin number. Some of the people that were hit this time had money taken out of their accounts in other places in Mexico in a very short time. This is a well organized scam.
I'm sure that when we tell friends who visit to use Traveler's checks rather than the ATM machines that they think we are alarmist or that Mexico is full of criminal activity. Nope, no more so than England and Australia. I would imagine that the scammers hit tourist destinations in many countries. So be careful and have a plan in place to check on your bank accounts and credit cards often so you know if there is unauthorized activity.