Wednesday, August 06, 2003

A.T.M. Fraud in the US

The New York Times reports about an ATM Fraud in the US. The brief version:

Mr. Iljmija Frljuckic was an illegal, married the daugther of a US law enforcement officer under a false name and started buying in-store ATM's to provide cash to customers. He rigged the ATM's, stealing magstripe info and PIN-numbers for some time and then started emptying the accounts of customers. As soon as the source of fraud was discovered, the rigged ATM's had long disappeared.

The story supports both the argument that there is no escaping a magstripe fraud so no need to worry and the argument that there are serious security issues for in-store ATM's / magstripe technology. Personally I would favour the first.