‘Skim’ device found on South Jersey ATM

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Posted: January 24, 2013

South Jersey bank customers are being advised to check their accounts if they recently used an automated teller machine in Medford which was found to have a “skimming device” attached.

Officials at the bank said they notified police on Friday after they discovered an ATM at the Stokes Road branch on Friday with one of the devices. The devices are not usually detectable by users, police said Tuesday.

TD spokesman Gabe Weissman said the bank is contacting customers who may have been affected and will work with them directly to address and correct any issues as quickly as possible.

“Protecting our customers' personal information is something we take very seriously,” Weissman said, “and we sincerely regret any inconvenience this incident has caused.”

Weissman advised that bank customers be vigilant and protect themselves from fraud by covering the keypad when entering PIN numbers; carefully reviewing bank statements for unauthorized activity; and immediately reporting suspicious activity to TD Bank at 888-751-9000cq, local law enforcement or to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELPcq.

According to the FBI, skimming devices are often favored by “Eurasian crime gangs” and are installed for only a short time. The skimmers duplicate information from a bankcard’s magnetic strip.

Armed with the information, the criminals can then make new ATM cards that allow them to access the accounts.

The devices are often made from plastic or plaster to blend into the ATM’s shell and are often installed directly over the legitimate card reader.

When an unaware customer inserts an ATM card into the phony reader, their account info is swiped and stored on a small attached laptop, cellphone or sent wirelessly to the criminals waiting nearby.

Skimming can also involve a hidden camera installed nearby to record PINs, the FBI said.

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