HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Henrico County have discovered credit card skimmers on multiple local bank ATMs.
On Sunday, police removed a skimming device from the ATM at the SunTrust on West Broad Street in Tuckernuck Square. They also discovered one at the SunTrust near Virginia Center Commons.
Those skimmers collect debit and credit card information that can give thieves access to your money.
A SunTrust spokesperson maintains the bank will work with customers whose accounts might be at risk.
“We proactively reach out to those who may have been affected, and monitor and work to protect their accounts including reissuing new cards and reimbursing them for fraudulent transactions tied to the incident.” — SunTrust spokesperson
‘Skimming’ isn’t new or unusual; thieves typically install the devices on weekends, often times on more remote or out-of-the-way ATMs.
The skimmer reads data from the magnetic strip on debit and credit cards. There’s usually a camera installed somewhere to capture a person putting in their pin. What that info, a crook can cash in on someone else’s money.
Here’s how you can protect yourself:
- Give the ATM a once over
- If something looks odd or unusual, give it a jiggle
- ATMs are built solidly, but ‘skimming’ devices can wiggle or have a little give to them
- Cover your hands as you enter your pin