So, I was in Cozumel through Tuesday 10/4. During that time I used my bank Visa check card three times.
1. At the Occidental Grand at the peso-giving ATM.
2. Downtown at the ATM right across from the ferry dock in the jewelry store (USD)
3. Downtown south a bit...I believe 7 Sur at a USD ATM.
That's it. Used it as a bank card (with PIN) every time. Never as a credit card.
I am aware of the overlays that go on the machines to scan cards, cameras to record your PIN entry, etc. I can't say I scoured the machines but I did look them over and examine the card entry, etc.
This week I see two pending charges, totalling $810. Didn't ring a bell and I don't use this card for most charges (I use Amex for rewards). So, the bank tells me they were charged using the visa card number on the front of the card and gives me the contact number for the company that the charges were through.
The company seems to be a commerce front of some kind, "Plimus" (plee-mus). I call them and they ask if I made the charges, which were for some sort of UAE business directory (lol). I let them know that I did not, and they said the charges will be canceled.
They gave me the information that had been used. Whoever attempted these charges used an email address of "email@example.com" (not mine!) and DID know my home phone number.
The last part is the most suspicious to me. The only connection I can make to anyone in Cozumel who could possibly have known my home phone number would have been someone at the hotel.
Anyway, the charges are canceled, the card is canceled, and a new one is on the way. Mostly just wanted to warn people and possibly see if anyone had a similar experience after using any of these ATM's.