Active ATM Skimmers in Cancun Mexico Area (Investigation)

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  1. iolaire
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    iolaire Gold Member

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    Good investigation on active ATM skimmers in Cancun area by Brian Krebbs at:
    http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/09/tracking-bluetooth-skimmers-in-mexico-part-ii/

    Bloggers please write posts about this.

    Two things to learn:
    1 Be very careful about using an ATM, go for bank ATMs if possible
    2 Use a debit card attached to a low balance bank account, so you don't loose much of its comprised

    I need to be better about #2, I have such a card but have not been using it. That's putting my larger balances at risk.
     
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    I was about to write about a peripheral con, in playa del carmen, with essentially the European tourists, and some gringos on a package tour. [But I am lazy and procrastinator :) ] This has to do with Dollar ATMs. Now, why would you, a russian, or non US CC/ATM card holder, ever !!! withdraw dollars from an ATM-on-the-street ? Anyways, good you posted - I hope, none of the MPers get conned into these scams !
     
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    I think a lot of Americans in Mexico will spend dollars if they can since its easier for them to understand and they are widely accepted.
     
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    A good point, iolaire! There are few places in the world where dollars are not readily accepted. I only ran into this issue once while travelling some years ago, and it sure wasn't in Mexico! ;)
     
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    Away from the tourist gulch, even the regular bars & restaurants prey on Da Turist ;) Just earlier this week.

    ImageUploadedByMilepoint1442643709.122267.jpg

    The average exchange at Banamex and Bancomar branches in the city was hovering at 16.75/$

    I am in the wrong profession ;)
     
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