It applies mostly to the US, but others can pick up some tips too.
I’m sure everyone has their own methods and approaches, so we will not state that we are smarter then anyone else. We will simply tell about our approaches and applied tactics then everyone will make their own conclusions. I will only say that observing but unfortunately for the majority this is out of reach as it requires big capital investment. Not everyone can use this method, but for the general picture we have decided to share it.
Group or one person working on motorcycles.
Amounts that we did in half a day using motorcycles was 10 times greater than what the same group can execute in 3 days using cars. The point is that we can drive up to the ATM without even getting off the bikes. Black bike, black helmet – there are thousands of those in the city. Of course the bikes are without license plates and exclude any unique features.
For example … All of our bikes have a toggle-switch for turning off the back light. bikes are cashing and the third one just rides around. In case of danger during the routes & if COPS want to pull over one of the 2 bikes, 3rd bike will speed up or do some sharp movements (as it seems to COPS). Of course COPS will focus all of their attention on the escaping bike leaving alone the other two (filled with money and cards). So far COPS had no luck catching the escaping bike ) we use “turbo charged HAYABUSA” motorcycles, but even if they do catch up … maximum they can give a speeding ticket, because that driver has nothing on him. We always leave a car near to the place of work. It is very convenient & just stop by for a few minutes every so often to drop off the money and empty cards.
a motorcycle and I am not even talking about their price.
2. Using a PICK UP TRUCK. All charm of this method is that it enables to hide the license plates easily and the most importantly – legally. Trucks overflow US roads, as they are very common and easily accessible. They do not attract much attention and can be easily lost in sight. Alright … Everyone knows that in the US driving a car without front license plates is not a huge offence and COPS usually do not pay attention to that. But we still have the back license plate!? We pull down the trunk door and drive the car with an open trunk … In this case the license plate is only visible to other drivers but absolutely not visible to cameras located on buildings. This allows parking near the ATM and accelerates your work.
Never use plain/ white plastic. It is not safe for many reasons. Someone can notice it and understand whats going on. If cops will find it & they will know what it’s used evening when workers take it out & they will understand what it is, they can make a police report and give it for examination which would reveal your finger prints. Just dont draw attention of any passer-bys; if COPS will find them, they will see them for what they are - gift cards, and the most importantly … When workers will take it out from the ATM (if the card was retained), at least 10 people will touch the card & holding it in their hands and trying to figure out what moron wanted to take out CASH
NEVER WRITE ON THE CARD!!!! Lately COPS are instructed on different signs to pay attention to in case of credit card detection. And so believe me… they examine each card at least for good 5 minutes. And God forbid a PIN is written on it. Use labels or mark the cards and keep the PINs separately.
small mirror – 90% chance that there is a CAMERA behind it. You see the black plastic square built into the panel by the pin pad or located by the monitor – 100% its a camera. You cant hide from it but you can easily cover it with a sticker or something else. Cameras do not record all the time … They start only after you have inserted reproduction the image recorded by the camera will be time-lapsed. And even if your face has got into the shot & don’t worry. It is impossible to find someone by the stolen money – bank does an investigation and looks at the recordings from the camera. In 50% of the cases stupid Americans take their money themselves and then declare that that the cardholder took out the money himself; and if they continue doing this – they can end up in prison. Therefore no one will search for the face in the camera shot. However if your license plates will get in the shot – thats a different story.
Storage of cards!!!
Never keep all of the cards in your pocket. Hide them all in the car and take with you any small traffic violation. However, they cannot search your car. In other words … for example they stopped you and searched you, if they have not found anything in your pockets – they will ask you to search your car. You can safely say NO!!! If you don’t have any pending warrants and nothing in your pockets - they would need a warrant to search your car. And they cannot get a warrant without a valid reason!!! We had a case when we were searched and asked to search the car … We refused! After which the will search your car. We nodded our heads and politely asked to sit in the car. In 20 our car and left. Clearly, no one can give him a search warrant without a legitimate reason. Before starting your work get very familiar with the local laws.
getting pulled over by COPS and you have a small amount of cards on hands – the best way is to dump them into the car door. When the window is open, there is a crack between the glass and the metal. Dumping the cards there – they fall directly inside that without a reason.
Never keep your personal cell phone with you, as it is constantly registers by the operator tracking your movement. For communication use only new phones activated specially for work and do not call anywhere besides another phone with the same purpose. Another example for example your mobile phone works only with one operator those looking for you can request the phone operator for all phone numbers which were registered in this region at that time … Certainly the list will be long, but on the next report which they will request on another location (where you cashed out another ATM) same phone number will be precisely visible – the phone number which was in both places during required time….
Work in different city/ state.
Always remember that any card will work better at home. I am not even talking about from one place think about it, maybe its worth going there.
Another very important detail. When the cardholder calls his bank claiming someone stole his money – bank automatically sees the cardholder as suspected #1. Because the bank doesn’t understand how and who can know the PIN code, that is known only to the owner. Maybe the bank understands, but it is easier to politely refuse giving a refund to the card holder due to lack of the INFORMATION CONFIRMING INNOCENCE of the OWNER. Sounds ridiculous, but it so … the cardholder has to convince the bank of his innocence. Thats why … If you cash the card in other state – it will be easier for owner to prove that it wasn’t him. If the bank knows that the owner is not guilty they will start searching for the one who is. Well and if you bombed a card in a place of its residence it will be hard prove cardholders innocence and accordingly nobody will search for you and if they will it wont be soon.
I think everyone knows how to find out where the card is from
Overlook your surroundings
We always take a couple of days to examine local surroundings before starting work. During these couple of days we map out good/ rich and bad areas. We plan routes in advance: observe what time and how many COPS patrolling the area, also looking at the arrangement of banks and stand-alone ATMs. We find out where the bars and night clubs are located In the evening there are many people that is what we need. If you work at night we do not recommend using ATMs located in non-crowded places. Always remember you will catch their attention. I recommend going to STRIP CLUBS … you can look at the girls and the ATMs are good there. The limit on withdrawal is higher than in bank ATMs and anybody will pay attention if you take money from 4-5 cards. That is a normal phenomenon there..