'Skimmer' found on ATM, police report

FROM STAFF REPORTSJuly 22, 2009 

— Police are searching for two people who are recording information from the magnetic strips of financial cards to manufacture counterfeit cards and then withdraw cash from their victims' bank accounts, authorities announced Tuesday.

Investigators think the suspects placed a device, described as a "skimmer," at a Cashpoints ATM in the 600 block of Six Forks Road, police reported Tuesday. The device at the Six Forks Road location was found by an employee of the ATM company, said Raleigh police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan.

The device records the financial card data from the magnetic strip when unsuspecting ATM users place their card into the Cashpoints machine. The device is used in tandem with a hidden video camera to videotape the sequence of numbers a potential victim punches to obtain their personal identification numbers, Hourigan said.

The police spokeswoman said the only ATM that has been compromised so far is the machine on Six Forks Road. Hourigan said police have not yet determined whether any Cashpoints customers have reported being the victim of financial card theft.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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