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There’s no doubt that new technology has made our lives a lot easier in many ways. But it has also made theft a much simpler proposition, as cash becomes a distant memory, and computers control access to our homes, our cars and our money. Using cutting-edge information technology (IT), thieves are able to work in surprisingly up-to-date ways.

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20. ATM skimmers

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Sometimes a crook will cover an ATM’s face with a special device that looks like it’s just part of the ATM (which stands for Automated Teller Machine). It’s really hard to detect that anything is different from normal. The skimmer simply records the cardholder’s data, while a hidden camera photographs their Personal Identification Number (PIN).

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