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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/28/2011

ATM skimmer investigated in Md.

By Elizabeth Flock
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ATM skimmer (Anne Arundel Police Department)
A 48-year-old woman discovered what appeared to be an ATM skimmer while using an ATM at a Bank of America in Anne Arundel County on Jan. 22, police said.

At approximately 5:26 p.m., officers responded to a call from to the Bank of America in the 600 block of Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park, for a recovered ATM skimmer affixed to the ATM machine.

The woman told police she observed what appeared to be a fraudulent device attached to the machine for the purpose of scanning the ATM cards of customers. She had pried the device from the machine before the suspect could return to retrieve the device and obtain customer data.

This appears to be an isolated incident and no personal account information has been compromised for individuals that used the ATM, police said.

The case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service with the assistance of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Anyone with information pertaining to this case should contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit at 410-222-3433.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 28, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore, Maryland  
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Comments

This is scary. I would never use a convenience store ATM, but you'd think bank branches would be safe. I'll have to keep an eye out for odd looking intake slots.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 28, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

too bad the next generation of skimmers are actually SHIMS, these are very thin flexible circuit boards that stay inside the card-slot and cannot be detected externally

http://www.bankitprogram.com/news/blog/47-in-the-news/131-atm-shimming

Posted by: Jon_42 | January 31, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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