Victoria Police have seized devices used on privately owned ATM machines which mimic card readers of actual machines in high-traffic areas
Victoria Police investigators are warning the public after three separate ATM “skimmers” were found on machines in high-traffic areas of the city.
Police showed off the skimmers they seized from privately owned ATM machines at three separate downtown businesses.
The devices, which mimic the card readers of the actual machines, allow fraudsters to gather private banking information.
They often are accompanied by pinhole cameras so the users pin codes can be recorded as well.
Police say the skimmers are usually found on private atm’s in isolated areas of stores, restaurants and bars with limited video monitoring.
But say there is a way to test them before you use it.
“If you can pull this off the machine you have a skimmer, it’ll become very apparent, but they are usually placed on with glue or some sticky device that keeps it in place,” says Sgt. Derek Tolmie.
Police say if you find a skimmer to contact them immediately and try not to touch it.
They say they are usually only installed for a few hours at a time to avoid detection.