GAITHERSBURG, Md. - At first glance, the machine looked like any other ATM. There was a screen and a slot to insert your card, but something about the card reader didn't feel quite right with one savvy tourist.
“I went to the ATM and kind of tugged on the card reader if you will and this literally just popped off,” as Benjamin Tedesco showed us the ATM skimming device he found while on vacation in Vienna, Austria. “As it started to come off, I noticed that there is a little bit of glue residue. Then I realized it was actually a secondary overlay device.”
The 33-year-old Gaithersburg resident pulled out his cell phone and recorded video of the device. He was on vacation earlier this month and was attempting to use a Samsung ATM kiosk to withdraw money.
He posted the video of the scare on YouTube and it was viewed over three million times along with hundreds of posted comments. Many people were skeptical about the video, but Tedesco insists it is legit and no laughing matter.
By now, many people have heard about skimmers that steal your banking information, but rarely do we see them up close and personal.
Tedesco believes based on the complexity of this ATM skimmer, it may not be a one of a kind.
“From what I can tell here, it almost looks mass produced, which could be concerning because there could be a lot more of these out there,” he said. “If you look [at the device], this battery appears. I haven't plugged anything into it, but the battery appears to be disposable.”
Tedesco said he did call police in Vienna when he returned to the United States last week. He said they have several questions about the device and he has been communicating with them to coordinate its return.