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Police Test New Tool to Detect Card Skimmers

2018-05-13 18:04
ASSOCIATED PRESS New York - 18 April 2018 1. Various of NYPD financial crimes detective using prototype "skim reaper" at an ATM 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Detective James Lilla, NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force: "Well this device would detect skimming devices on particular ATM's." 3. Tight of device 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Detective James Lilla, NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force: "Impressed with their technology and their wit on how to come up with this machine to detect skimming devices." 5. Various of detective using device 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Detective James Lilla, NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force: "It's definitely an assist we can use to combating ATM skimming." 7. Various of detectives at the NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force office 8. SOUNDBITE (English) Deputy Inspector Christopher Flanagan, NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force: "It actually was very helpful, because they don't have that expertise. You could give this to an untrained person who could go to a bank of ATM's and they could do inspections and locate devices on their own, where in the past they were often not able to do that." ASSOCIATED PRESS Gainesville, Florida - 13 February 2018 9. Various of students and professor in a lab showing how prototype device works at the University of Florida 10. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Traynor, Professor, University of Florida: " Credit cards are read using something call a card reader, or a read head. At any given time only 1 read head should be present in a card slot, so what the skim reaper does is find when more than one are present." 11. Various of demonstration 12. SOUNDBITE (English) Nolan Scaife, Student, University of Florida: "This is a huge problem that costs millions of dollars each year to consumers. We're glad to be able to produce something that will curb the tide." ASSOCIATED PRESS Waltham, Massachusetts - 25 April 2018 13. Cutaway of Professor and white collar crimes expert, Steven Weisman 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Weisman, White Collar Crimes Expert, Bentley University "To recognize if a skimmer is there, this could be a revolutionary watershed moment because right now there are many retailers, ATM's and gas stations and gas pumps that have not switched over because of the complexity of switching to the EMV chip card, which would protect from skimming as well as the cost of it. And so, If indeed this new technology could be done on a cost effective basis it could put the skimmers out of business, it would save people tremendous amounts of money and aggravation." 15. Cutaway of Weisman LEAD IN : The United States Secret Service says more than a billion dollars is stolen from U.S. consumer each year by credit card skimmers. Now, the NYPD is testing out a new device designed by a team of computer engineers at the University of Florida and detectives are impressed. STORYLINE: Police have a new device which could help protect us all from credit card fraud. A group of students at the University of Florida invented a device they call the "Skim Reaper" which detects illegal credit card skimmers attached to ATM's, gas pumps and other terminals. The device they call the "Skim Reaper," a credit-card thin gadget that slides into card reader slots and can easily and quickly detect if an ATM or gas pump has been compromised. The New York Police Department is testing the Skim Reaper with some early success in its effort to rid the streets of the pervasive devices. The NYPD has four full-time, trained detectives tasked with finding credit-card skimmers installed on ATMs at bodegas, but say the problem is too widespread to be stopped with those resources. In February, Traynor gave NYPD five Skim Reapers to test. The device looks like a long credit card that can be slid into a card slot in a gas pump or ATM. It's attached by a wire to a cellphone-sized box with a small readout screen that says "possible skimmer!" when multiple read heads are detected. Detective James Lilla, NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force says "impressed with their technology and their wit on how to come up with this machine to detect skimming d