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Posted on: January 4, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Frederick Police Request Public's Assistance - Skimming Device Found

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FREDERICK, MD - The Frederick Police Department is looking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person who may have witnessed a skimming device being placed on an ATM machine at the Weis grocery store located on Old Camp Road in Frederick on December 28, 2017, at approximately 7:30 pm.


The Frederick Police Department is asking anyone who can identify the person in the photograph or have additional information, in this case, to contact Detective Forrest at 301-748-7122 referencing Case # 17-108638. Callers may also remain anonymous and contact the Frederick Police Department’s Crime Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS (8477), send information via email to fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org or send a text to 240-674-TIPS (8477).


If anyone used the ATM located inside the Weis grocery store on Old Camp Road between December 28th and 29th, it is recommended that you contact your bank and cancel your card. Below are some suggestions on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.


A credit/debit card skimming device is a small electronic device that can be attached or inserted into a fuel dispenser or ATM. The device secretly records information from the credit/debit card transmitting it through Bluetooth wireless technology. The criminal is able to then download the information remotely from a nearby location.


HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

1.  Choose gas pumps or ATM’s in high traffic areas and those that are visible to the clerk and cameras. Avoid gas pumps that are on the outside of the “visible” area.

2.  Wiggle everything – an ATM or gas pump card reader does not have loose parts. If something moves do not use the machine.

3.  Check for tampering – before putting your card into the reader check the machine for any abnormalities. Many gas pumps now have security stickers on them. If the seal is broken report it immediately.

4.  Shield your pin number when entering it.

5.  Try to use ATM machines located in a trusted location such as a bank. Avoid standalone machines when possible.


If you suspect a device has been tampered with please report it to the business and the police immediately.

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