Lt. Williams gives a few tips on ATM safety
“First and foremost, everyone needs to familiarize themselves with what their ATMs look like normally, so if anything appears different, they shouldn’t use the machine and should report it immediately to the bank, the retailer, and/or the police. The skimmer reads the card numbers as the card slides past the skimmer and into the slot, but one way to protect yourself is to always cover the pad with your hand when entering your PIN number in case a camera has been placed nearby or even someone behind you is observing.”
Lt. Williams says to be especially cautious when using an ATM machine that’s new to you, especially if it’s in a high traffic retail store or mall. It may actually be easier for the thieves to install and retrieve skimmers in high traffic areas.
The U.S. Bank thieves haven’t been caught yet, and police cannot comment on the ongoing investigation.