CAMDEN, SC (WIS) - It's a scheme we've heard about in other places around the country, now it's targeting people who use automated teller machines in the Midlands.
The most recent discovery of a skimming device in the Midlands has Camden police looking for a man they believe was out to steal debit card information from those using an ATM in the city.
Capt. Lee Boan says it doesn't take much for thieves to steal your money.
"They'll put the skimmer over the part of the machine that your ATM card goes in," Capt. Boan explained. "It will contain a little pin hole camera and they're basically videoing your bar number from your ATM card and it's getting your pin number."
Officers were called to First Citizens Bank on East DeKalb Street on Saturday after the bank's vice president said he discovered the skimmer on the machine, which was later collected as evidence.
According to a police incident report, Brent Hutto told police banks in the area have been having problems with skimmers and other illegal data collection devices at ATMs.
Jackie Bowers told WIS she uses the ATM at that Camden branch every week.
"It makes me wary about using my card at the banks or anywhere," Bowers said.
Because the data chip with any recorded information was still in the device, investigators do not believe anyone's information was compromised at this ATM. However, Camden Police are still working to make an arrest.
"As everyone know, there is video from these ATM machines," Capt. Boan said. "So, we're getting closer."
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
- Obvious signs of tampering
- A different color or material or graphics that aren’t aligned properly.
- Does the card reader move or come off? If so, there is a high chance there’s a skimming device.
- A hidden camera. Customers are also asked to cover the keypad when entering their PIN number since criminals need both the card number and PIN to take money away from the account.
If you know anything that could help investigators find the person responsible, contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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