ATM Scam

Published on May 30th, 2019

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ATM SKIMMING.  With skimming, scammers place a small device over the card-reader of an ATM and it blends into the normal look of an ATM panel so it won’t be noticed.  A small camera is also placed to view PIN codes as they are entered.  This allows a scammer to create a duplicate card and withdraw cash from your account.

In order to avoid being a victim:

  • Only use ATMs in well-lit, public locations.
  • Carefully observe the card reader.
  • Look for discolored, dislodged, loose-fitting, or cracked panels.
  • Grasp the card reader to ensure it is not a loose cover panel or does not come off.
  • Confirm nothing has been placed over the PIN pad that moves, seems unusual, or does not match the ATM.
  • Conceal your PIN entry with your other hand so it cannot be viewed by a hidden camera.
  • Do not follow odd-labeled instructions to swipe your card twice or to use a second visible card reader.

If you are concerned about the look of an ATM, do not use it and find an alternate!  Frequently check your accounts using Leyden Online or LAURA to confirm balances. Immediately have your card canceled if you notice unauthorized use by calling the number on the back of your card.

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