How Anyone Can Fake an ATM and Steal Your Money

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ATM thieves come in all shapes and sizes.

There’s no dearth of sophisticated gear for the aspirational ATM thief. But skimmers don’t exactly have an aisle at Wal-Mart. In a Gizmodo investigation, they take a look at the scary internet black market where fraudsters get their tools.

When it comes to new and creative ways of pilfering personal financial data, ATM crime is enjoying something of a renaissance here in the US…

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Brazil’s High Tech Plans To Stop Car Thieves

Brazil’s High Tech Plans To Stop Car Thieves 

Brazil has a really big problem with car theft. In fact, the criminals and drug dealers that steal most of the cars take them to areas so dangerous, that the police will simply cut deals with the gangs to get the stolen cars back. Now however, there are plans to use technology to stop the criminals in their tracks.

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Prevent Mug Theft With The Lock Cup

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Don’t Let That Bugger Get Away!

 

There are plenty of reasons why I don’t drink coffee (the taste being one of the larger reasons). Since I don’t drink the stuff, I don’t worry about anyone running off with my coffee mugs. However, in some offices this is a real issue. People will knowingly take your cup, fill it up, and take it back to their desk. Sure, you can confront them about their blatant disregard for your ownership, or you can get a better mug.

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Penis Theft Panics African City

 Penis Theft Panics African City

A witch doctor’s office

Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.

Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in local religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.

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Car Thieves Leave Cars, but Take the Catalytic Converters

 Car Thieves Leave Cars, but Take the Catalytic Converters

The catalytic converter is made with trace amounts of platinum, palladium and rhodium, which speed chemical reactions and help clean emissions at very high temperatures. Selling stolen converters to scrap yards or recyclers, a thief can net a couple of hundred dollars apiece. Exactly how much depends on the size of the car and its converter.

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Identity Theft Rates Among Top Banks

Identity Theft Rates Among Top Banks

Consumers, regulators, and businesses lack objective tools to compare the incidence of identity theft across financial institutions and without such tools, consumers cannot ‘vote with their feet’ and choose safer institutions.

Now a study by Chris Hoofnagle has analyzed 88,000 complaints submitted by victims to the FTC over a three month period in 2006 and found that Bank of America ranked highest of all firms in the study, with an average of 1,117 incidents over a three-month period. Revealing graphs after the jump.

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