Understandably, Mquee. But then again, no proper motivation would want to steal other people's hard-earned livelihood. You are right, a decent (and conscience-clear) living can only be had from legitimate occupation.
I am not sure what happened with Wachovia but I took a loss prevention class and we learned that it is possible to put a removable recorder on the Card Reader (where you put your card in) that looks just like the real reader. as soon as you put your pin in it is recorded with your card number. These things are magnetic an slip over the ATM's reader. They pull off very easily. I never place my card in an ATM unless I check the reader first to make sure it is attached to the machine.
Ohma, I am very encouraged. I am sure there are many people looking for a way to avert any rips from ATM accounts. Yes, Magnatic slips are vulnerable and that is exactly the reason why 'skimmers' would target ATM PIN. I encourage our friends to do what you do: never place the card in an ATM unless the reader is checked first to make sure it is attached to the machine.
I have heard that in particualar you should not use your debit card for a pin transaction at gas stations, does anyone know anything about this? Are gas stations particularly susceptible to skimming scams?