"Deep insert" skimmers discovered in bank ATMs

June 25, 2018 06:31 PM

COBLESKILL -- Police are looking for the man captured on surveillance video on June 1, skimmer in hand, installing the device at a bank ATM on East Main Street.

The deep insert skimmer was discovered two weeks later, on June 15, by a technician working on the ATM.
The skimmer is hidden in the machine, and it captures your card data.  That information can be used to access your account or to clone your card.

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Investigators believe the same man was captured on video at the TCT Federal Credit Union in Cambridge, New York, and that he also hit a place on Wolf Road in Colonie.

The Secret Service, the FBI, and Utica and East Greenbush police are among those investigating skimmer cases.

"So it's probably a larger ring of people that are involved," said Cobleskill Police Lieutenant Jeffery Brown.  "I know our local bank has a branch in Pennsylvania that they recovered a skimmer from that branch as well, and in at least three of the incidents, the photo of the suspect appears to be the same person."

In Cobleskill, they do not believe that customers' information was compromised.

"In this case, we don't believe that at this time.  We don't believe the device was Bluetooth-enabled, which would have allowed someone to recover the data remotely or from a distance," said Lt. Brown.  "We believe that all the data that was actually stored or captured in the card skimmer remains on the card skimmer, which is in our possession."

However, police say all bank customers should be alert.

"If they see fraudulent activity on their account, please contact their local bank," said Cobleskill Police Chief Rich Bialkowski.  "But also if you see any suspicious activity at an ATM, please contact that bank, as well as your local law enforcement agency."

Police also say that when you're at the ATM, you should shield the keypad when you're putting in your PIN number because these criminals often put in little cameras to get that crucial information, as well.


Kumi Tucker

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