ATM thievery in Alexandria
Thieves were keeping a watchful eye on the skimming device surreptitiously installed to capture account information from bank cards inserted by customers Feb. 28 at an ATM at the Wachovia Bank at 3694 King Street.
An ATM technician working on the machine found the device at about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28, took photos of it and went inside to notify bank security, Alexandria police said Monday.
By the time the technician came back outside, the device had been removed, police said.
Several customers have reported fraudulent charges with losses estimated currently at more than $60,000 in an investigation that continues, police said.
An ATM skimming device works by reading account information stored electronically on the magnetic strip of a debit or credit card that is inserted into the banking machine, detectives said. Sophisticated skimmers also may record PINs as they are punched on a keypad.
Anyone with information about the case, including anyone who may wish to remain anonymous, is asked to call Detective David Hoffmaster at 703-838-5002 or the Crime Solvers tip line at 703-838-4858.
-- Mary Pat Flaherty
Mary Pat Flaherty
March 23, 2010; 7:57 AM ET
Categories: Alexandria , Cons & Scams , Mary Pat Flaherty , Virginia
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