Authorities discover increase in ATM skimming devices across several counties

'Wiggle it' before you use it

Kristen Johanson
June 13, 2018 - 7:24 pm

Dreamstime

Categories: 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities are warning people about a number of ATM skimming devices found in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties so far this year, the majority of which have been discovered at gas station ATMs. 

The gadget is installed in the slot of the ATM and pulls credit cards numbers from the strip. A trick camera or keyboard overlay then picks up the pin typed in.

"And then they are removed and the information is extracted from them, and then your debit card or credit card is then cloned," explained Philadelphia Major Crimes Unit Lt. Jonathan Josey.

He said they averaged about one device a month last year, but so far in 2018, they're up to 16.

The fraudulent mechanisms can be installed in a manner of seconds and stay there for about a day.

He said the best thing to do is wiggle the card slot. "If it comes lose or feels lose, then don't use it and cover your pin number. ... They will come off if they are shaken vigorously."

If you think you found one, let the store manager know and call police.

Josey also advised to check your bank statements regularly for unauthorized transactions or any unauthorized withdrawals.