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“Jackpotting” Brought to the U.S.

Brendan Loo, News Editor

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When it comes to an ATM they are thought of secure, safe, and trustworthy. But a scheme has been brought to the U.S. that will jeopardize the reputation of the ATM. This scheme is known as “jackpotting”. This scheme, essentially, has a person go up to an ATM, plug their computer in take it over, then deplete the ATM of all of its money and walk away. This has been happening to countries all over the world, one being Mexico. As of right now the U.S. is coordinating with Mexico to put a stop to this. As of right now there have been about six of these events in the U.S. in under about a week. Approximately one-million dollars has been stolen overall.

One question may be, how come people don’t report these acts even though they are preformed in broad daylight? Well these criminals dress or disguise themselves as ATM technicians. It isn’t rare to see someone working on an ATM so this disguise does trick many. So if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for it is unlikely that your will catch one of these criminals.

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