Several newspapers are reporting that Federal and local officials are warning of increased card cloning at ATM's, much centered around the 5th Av. area. According to the reports, much is being done by groups from Romania, Venezuela and Colombia, working with local crime groups.It was also mentioned that portable cloning devices were found in use at Pemex stations in the Tulum area. Due to the large amount of tourists, the Playa and Cancun area were mentioned as among the most active in Mexico for this activity.
As is often said here, officials warn to use bank affiliated machines and avoid the privately owned ones often seen in the tourist areas. (It was also noted a large number of these private machines are being removed due to lack of permits) One reason the bank machines are often avoided by cloners is the fact they have video equipment available for review in case of cloning reports.
I still do now hesitate to use the machines but try to stay with bank machines in either banks or other busy public locations.