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Posted on: June 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] How to spot an ATM skimmer

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NORFOLK, Va. (NPD) – 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 June 9, 2017 a 7-Eleven employee was notified that something was wrong with the ATM located inside the store at 735 East Ocean View Avenue.  The employee 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 735 East Ocean View Avenue, detectives were notified of an additional skimmer on June 12, 2017 located inside the 7-Eleven at 420 Monticello Avenue.  

Both skimmers have been removed, and police urge customers who used an ATM in that area to check their account for fraudulent activity.

In these two cases, the thieves placed a skimmer and a keypad on each ATM machine.

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” Sergeant Steven Hodgis, supervisor of the Economic Crimes Division, said.  “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 the ATM skimmers found at local 7-Elevens to contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1(888) LOCK-U-UP.

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