I subscribe to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse newsletter. If you’ve not been to this site before and you’re interested in privacy it’s a worth while bookmark. They recently published their ‘Summer Vacation – Privacy Primer‘ which has an interesting article on spotting ATM skimmers. Skimmers are hard to detect; your best recommendation is to stick with cashing checks through a teller (or rely on your credit card if you have the self control) Personally I’m guilty of believing I’m not at risk living in the suburbs; unfortunately it will take a come to Jesus moment (ahem, getting burnt) to slap some reality in me.
You can view the ATM Skimmer Awareness presentation here.