GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Police Department is warning the public to be on the lookout for ATM skimmers.

On Thursday, officers were contacted about an ATM skimmer located in the area of Randleman Road, the police department said in a news release. The skimmer, which is designed to steal account information from debit cards that have been encoded with a chip, was placed inside a card reader.

Account information retrieved by the skimmer is then downloaded to a computer and can be recoded into “cloned” or counterfeit debit cards and used by the perpetrators. The account data can also be used directly for online purchases or sold to data collectors overseas.

As with any fraud associated with debit or credit cards, police recommend that people check their bank accounts daily through smartphone apps or by computer. Any transactions that do not look legitimate should immediately be flagged and the customer’s financial institution contacted. Even smaller transactions, police warn, can be a way for criminals to determine if the counterfeit card is usable.

Police say to contact law enforcement and the bank immediately if any of the following indications of potential card tampering are observed:

  • Scratches or adhesive residue around the card reader entry point.
  • Any abnormal or askew metal or plastic around the entry point.
  • Lighting on or around the ATM that appears to be strobing or flickering, indicating a possible mini-camera placement to observe PIN entry.
  • Anyone who appears to be lingering in the area.

Once any activity has been confirmed to be unauthorized or fraudulent, have the card immediately deactivated and a new card issued.

Anyone with information on someone using skimming technology is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.

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