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ATM industry manual advises on preventing cash trapping
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (1/23/13)--The ATM Industry Association has published a best practice manual for preventing cash trapping at ATMs.

Cash trapping, a type of ATM crime that goes back many years, has been reinvented and is currently on the rise again in some parts of the world, including Europe.

"Although cash trapping is a rudimentary kind of attack on ATMs, these incidents can cause inconvenience, disruption to ATM services and dent consumer confidence," said Mike Lee, ATMIA CEO. "This new manual will certainly reinforce the ATM's hard-earned trusted environment and reduce the opportunity for fraudsters."

The manual defines cash trapping as any method or device used to deliberately prevent a consumer from receiving cash requested at an ATM. It analyzes all types of known cash trapping devices, including electro-mechanical devices.

It discusses and outlines best practice recommendations.

In cash trapping, thieves typically install devices inside ATMs that physically stop the money being dispensed (The Guardian Nov. 27). Devices may also be used to trap ATM cards.

Trapping differs from ATM skimming, which uses a device attached to the mouth of an ATM that swipes credit and debit card information ATM when users slip their cards into the machines.
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