BRADENTON-- You may want to check your credit card if you have recently stopped to get gas in Bradenton. A card skimmer was found at the 7-Eleven store on 14th St W and 9th Ave.
On Tuesday, a technician with NCR Corporation discovered the skimmer inside the automated teller machine located at 902 14th St W.
The Bradenton Police Department provided some quick hints for spotting potential A.T.M. skimming devices.
- Jiggle the card reader. If the card reader moves around when you try to jiggle it using your hand, something possibly is not right. A genuine card reader should be affixed to the A.T.M. so well that it will not move. A skimmer overlaid over the card reader may move.
- Examine the A.T.M. Does anything look out of place? Maybe the bottom panel is a different color from the rest of the machine because it is a fake piece of plastic placed over the real bottom panel and the keypad.
- Examine the keyboard. Does the keypad appear a bit too thick, or different from how it usually looked if you have used that A.T.M. in the past? It could be an overlay over the actual keypad.
- Check for cameras, somewhere above the screen or keypad.
For basic security, always shield the keyboard with your hand in the event there is a skimmer that utilizes a camera, and check your banking accounts and credit card accounts on a regular basis. Notify your bank or other financial institutions as soon as possible, in the event there are unusual transactions on your accounts.
If you have used that particular A.T.M. at that particular 7-11 within the last week, and have noticed unusual transactions on you debit/credit card, please contact Det. N. Camacho Jr. at the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9312. or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.
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