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Police seek help to catch ATM skimmer suspects

Posted July 21, 2009
Updated July 22, 2009

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— Raleigh police are asking for assistance in identifying suspects in an alleged ATM skimming operation.

Skimming devices record data from the magnetic strips on the back of financial cards, police said.

Criminals have been placing them on automated teller machines to collect data to create counterfeit cards. They combine the data with hidden-camera video of PIN entry to use the new, fake cards to withdraw cash and make purchases.

Police released two photos of people thought to be responsible for placing a skimmer on an ATM at 611 E. Six Forks Road.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

Police offered these tips to ATM users for avoiding skimmers.

  • Closely examine ATM card slots to make sure nothing appears to be attached to the front of them.
  • Do not use an ATM if the card reader appears to be added on, to fit poorly or to be loose.
  • Avoid device instructions that say things like "Swipe Here First" or “Use This Machine Only.”
  • If something does not look right, use another ATM.
  • Always cover the ATM keypad as you're entering your PIN in case a hidden camera is nearby.
  • Never accept "help" from anybody at an ATM machine.
  • Immediately call the customer service number on the ATM if a machine keeps your card, appears suspicious or does not function properly.
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  • Journey985 Jul 22, 2009

    I guess RPD is too busy chasing the Barrel Monster creator instead of trying to catch real crminals...and now they are asking us to do their job? I think they have been hitting that crack pipe that they confiscated from the dealers a little too hard!!!

  • jet2rdu Jul 22, 2009

    Please be aware that these skimming devices can attached by these perps to other Credit/debit card readers such as those on fuel pumps. Be careful, if something doesn't look or feel right, check with the clerk inside or go to another pump or gas station.

  • hollylama Jul 22, 2009

    YOu answered my question Dhamma...thanks!

  • dhamma Jul 22, 2009

    "Finally, these are high-tech devices. Can law enforcement not discover who is manufacturing the skimmers? If the crooks can find them, why can't the cops"

    Because the manufacture and sale of card readers is not illegal. Using them in this manner to defraud someone is.

  • Journey985 Jul 22, 2009

    genie2u - That first picture in the story is a picture of the skimmer on the ATM.

  • Journey985 Jul 22, 2009

    Wow, the suspect looks like Billy Mays???? LOL.

  • genie2u Jul 22, 2009

    How about some pics of what the skimmers actually look like on the machine so we will have a better idea of what ot look for

  • Caring Jul 22, 2009

    According to the map this is a credit union ATM. Wow I have used this one several times, but not anymore.

  • Iworkforaliving Jul 22, 2009

    WABRS, Do you really think you are the only one to think of these things?
    You seem to have it ALL figured out, let us know when you have them in custody there scooter.

  • WHEEL Jul 22, 2009

    Maybee if RPD wern't so busy persuing perps of victimless crimes like the BARREL MONSTER CREATOR they could catch these real crooks themselves rather than having to ask for help from the public.!

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