Skimming device found on Auckland cash machine

The front of the device fits over the ATM's card slot.

The front of the device fits over the ATM's card slot.

Westpac is investigating after a skimming device was discovered on one of its ATMs in Auckland's Grey Lynn.

Customer Henry Rave discovered the device, which is designed to collect a customer's card details, at about 10.30pm on Monday night.

He was withdrawing $40 at the Great North Rd terminal when the device "popped off" while he was waiting to collect the card.

This device was found on a Westpac ATM in Grey Lynn on Monday.

This device was found on a Westpac ATM in Grey Lynn on Monday.

The device was fitted over the card slot and looked similar to the green plastic casing used on the machine.

He looked around to see if anyone was watching him and noticed a man sitting in a car eating, who appeared to be keeping watch.

Rave said he quickly left the scene with the device..

"I was worried because if they - "the thieves" - withdraw all my money, I won't have any money for the weekend."

Rave said he contacted media about the device as he wanted to warn people they were being used.

Westpac spokesman Chris Mirams said the device appeared to be a skimming device and an investigation was underway.

Any customers with concerns about their card should contact the bank immediately, he said.

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He advised customers to take precautions when using ATMs, such as covering the keypad when entering their pin and to monitor their bank statements and balances.

Auckland police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty declined to comment or provide any information on ATM skimming, only saying it "comes and goes".

In July a man at the centre of a lucrative skimming ring that targeted Auckland ATM machines was sentenced.

Ivaylo Valchev Terziivanov, 28, faced 64 joint charges relating to the crimes.

Terziivanov and a co-accused made of with almost $500,000 using counterfeit bank cards between late February and July 2014.

He was sentenced to ten months' home detention and ordered to pay $20,000 reparation.


The most common form of card skimming sees the card reader slot covered with an identical looking cover fitted with a magnetic strip reader.

They take seconds to install and often have a pinhole camera on the bottom to record pin numbers when entered.

If a card reader looks unusual or bigger than normal, the best way to find out if a skimmer is attached is to wiggle it with your hand.

Normally the fake reader is attached only with double-sided tape and will move around or come off when wiggled.

More sophisticated skimmers are attached inside ATM machines and "wiretap" information from cards electronically.

 - Stuff

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