NORFOLK, Va. – Fraud Detectives for the Norfolk Police Department want to warn ATM users to be aware of thieves attempting to steal their ATM card information using a card skimmer.
On December 11, 2015, an ATM customer noticed something was wrong with the ATM located inside the 7-11 at 4500 E. Princess Anne Road. The customer advised the store employee who immediately called police after noticing “extra parts” attached to the ATM. These extra parts are known as ATM Skimmers.
A typical ATM skimmer, pictured above, is a device that is used to record information from the magnetic strip off of your debit or credit card. It is installed over the existing ATM card reader. When you insert your card into the skimmer, the device electronically records your number from the magnetic strip.
In many cases, the thieves will also place a hidden camera somewhere near the key pad to record your personal-identification number (PIN). In some cases, criminals may install a fake PIN pad over the actual keyboard to capture your PIN, bypassing the need for a camera.
After locating the skimmer at the 7-11 located at 4500 E. Princess Anne Road, detectives inspected other area ATM’s at local 7-elevens and located two additional skimmers at 5359 E. Princess Anne Road and 3650 N. Military Highway.
The skimmers have been removed from these locations, and police urge customers who used an ATM in that area to check their account for fraudulent activity.
Detectives recommend that customers who attempt to use any ATM, should check for obvious signs of tampering, or loose items near the card reader or the key pad.
Always assume that someone is watching as you type in your PIN, whether it is over your shoulder or through a hidden camera. Cover your hand when you type in your sequence number. Even if you don’t notice a skimmer at the ATM, covering your hand will help keep your PIN safe.
If you notice anything suspicious about the ATM, notify police immediately.
Detectives encourage anyone with any information about ATM Skimmer found at local 7-elevens to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at either:
CALL: 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887)
TEXT: Text "NORFOLK" and your tip information to 274637 (CRIMES)
WEB: Submit a web-tip at: www.norfolkcrimeline.com
There is no further information to release at this time.