Police: French Man 3D-Prints Fake ATM Facades, Stole Thousands of Euros

Published by , August 25, 2014 11:40 am

(3Ders.org)A man in southern France who allegedly used 3D-printed fake cashpoint facades to steal thousands of euros from bank users has been arrested and charged with fraud in Marseille. The thief, identified by authorities as Hamid P., allegedly used a 3D printer to make fake fronts for ATM machines, which would clone card details of other people. Skimmers (credit card readers), which register card details, were found behind the fake machine fronts. The machine would dispense cash as normal, so nobody was aware that bank details were stolen. A local policeman commented, ‘The fake fronts were of a good quality.”

The French case dates back to September 2013, when Caisse d’Epargne discovered two false fronts on bank machines in the towns of Nimes and Saint-Ambroix. An American gang was prosecuted for stealing more than $400,000 using the 3D-printed fake ATM fronts in September 2011. In 2013, Sydney police reported that a gang of suspected Romanian criminals used 3D printers and computer-aided design to manufacture ATM skimming devices to steal Sydney residents’ funds.

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