It’s something many of us do on a regular basis-go to the ATM to retrieve cash.
But while you’re simply trying to get your money, someone could be trying to steal your information.
“Credit card skimming is becoming a very popular thing. You can make these devices with materials if you’re handy enough,” says Jacob Gregory, lieutenant detective with the Williston Police Department.
The device is known as a skimmer. It’s typically attached to an ATM slot to “skim” debit card information. A camera is then placed over the ATM’s key pad to access PIN numbers.
“What we recommend for people to do is always cover up their pin. Even if there’s not someone behind you. You never know when there’s the camera placed somewhere watching you put your pin in,” says Gregory.
It happened at a First National Bank & Trust in Williston in May. A bank employee noticed the device and alerted police.
“Every two weeks, for a couple of months, we’re going to be checking to see if those cards have been attempted to be used. But as of now, no one is out anything,” says Gregory.
One of the suspects in the case was held at the Williams County Correctional Center on unrelated theft of property charges. However, he posted bond on those charges and was released the very same day charges were filed against him in the skimming case. Another suspect in the case has not yet been arrested.
“If you notice the ATM looks odd to you or if you can shift things around where the card goes in, there’s something wrong with that ATM and someone might be trying to steal your information,” says Gregory.
In a statement, First National Bank & Trust said, in part, cardholder discipline is the best line of defense and always be alert for any suspicious activity.