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Suspicious activity at ATM
Jun 23, 2011 | 1189 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Courtesy/Sparks PD Top: A photograph of the item police collected from the bank ATM machine. A small black electronic component can be seen on the right side of the credit card slot. Bottom: A photo of the individual suspected of placing the skimming device on the ATM machine.
SPARKS — A local banking facility contacted police to report that a device was found attached to an ATM machine after the bank received complaints that receipts were not produced after transactions were completed. On Sunday, ATM maintenance employees inspected the machine and found a device that contained a camera. The device was not immediately detectable.

Sparks police officers collected an item that is commonly known as a skimming device. This device appeared to have been strategically placed for the purpose of photographing the keypad, presumably to capture a PIN number as it is entered, and a separate component to read the magnetic strip on an ATM card.

At this time, the Sparks Police Department is unaware of any victimization as a result of this skimming device. As a precaution, anytime a credit card or ATM card is used, customers should be vigilant in reviewing their bank statements regularly to detect any misuse.

The Sparks Police Department is asking banks, gas stations and other businesses that utilize ATM or credit card kiosks, especially outdoors, to inspect their machines for any irregularities. If a skimming device is suspected or located, report it to local law enforcement.

For security purposes, the name of the bank will not be released. According to police, is not uncommon for several businesses to be victimized in one area. If customers are concerned they have used an ATM machine that has been compromised, they are advised to contact their bank or credit card company for a replacement card and PIN number.

Anyone who has information about who placed the skimming device is asked to call Detective Curtis at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
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