Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Richmond ATM cash thefts tied to ‘skimmers’

Richmond police say someone is using illegal monitoring equipment to gain access to cash through automated teller machines.

Police today said someone used five fraudulent bank cards at an ATM in the Fan District on Saturday. The thief used stolen information gained by a so-called skimmer to access the money.

A skimmer is a small device that is attached to an ATM and can capture card numbers and personal identification numbers. The skimmer is disguised to look like ATM equipment and is typically mounted to the front of the machine.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.


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