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Secret Service: Beware Of 'Jackpotting' Crimes At ATMs

An organized crime trend known as "jackpotting" has reportedly been a problem in Europe in recent years.
Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 29, 2018

The U.S. Secret Service is warning banks about a money-stealing trend called "jackpotting." It's a crime where thieves install malware on ATMs to force them to dispense large amounts of cash.

According to the Secret Service, criminals have typically been targeting stand-alone ATMs after hacking into financial institutions' systems. That includes withdrawal machines in pharmacies, big-box retailers and drive-throughs.

After investigating a tip about planned jackpotting attacks in the U.S., the Secret Service says it's alerting law enforcement and banks that could be affected. ABC reports the organized crime trend has been a problem in Europe in recent years.