Business: ATM: Security
Secret ATM Card   (+3)  [vote for, against]
When they steal your wallet they will throw this away

It could be a library card for some bogus library or gym membership or a supersaver card for some hole in the wall store. Whatever the case, it doesn't look like your ATM card. Many places strangers can use your ATM card for products, with just a signature or no form of ID.

Advanced models will be made of mylar but have the paperboard feel so they can mimic expired movie tickets and business cards, both of which can camouflage magnetic strips.
-- sartep, Oct 08 2004

It's called the US of A. Yeah, tell me about it.
-- sartep, Oct 08 2004

The UK is just starting to replace the signature system with the PIN system due to the ease of forging signatures and the fact that the sixteen year old working in Tesco's never checks the signature anyway.
-- wagster, Oct 08 2004

Ah yes, what was the slogan? Chip and PIN, now we know where you are all the time! Like some kind of elder sibling, I guess.
-- harderthanjesus, Oct 08 2004

Around here all ATM cards come with a Visa/Mastercard logo, which allow them to act just like credit cards except without the protection features.
-- Worldgineer, Oct 08 2004

Here in USA, I can use my card without any PIN, sidnature, and usually without an ID check. It is becoming common in fast food places.
-- swamilad, Oct 09 2004

They're called debit cards and they can spell financial ruin and they work in Australia, too. I know, my daughter spent this summer there with a youth animal research team and used a debit card all over Queensland, Alice Springs and Sydney. No PIN needed.
-- bristolz, Oct 09 2004

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