Police have released photos of three young women they suspect of using an ATM card “skimmer” at a SunTrust Bank downtown.
Skimmers are devices that thieves afix to ATM machines to capture card numbers. The devices also can be accompanied by cameras that are used to record personal identification numbers.
Police said the devices were discovered Tuesday and Wednesday during the daily check of an ATM by an employee at the SunTrust Bank on Salem Street.
Investigators asked for the public’s help in identifying the three suspects.
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According to the banking blog, Bankrate.com, the skimming of ATMs to commit identity theft is increasing at an alarming rate, with instances of thieves installing skimmers rising 54 percent between 2014 and 2015.
Police ask anyone with information about the suspects to call the Apex Police Department at 919-362-8661, or send an anonymous tip to TIP411 using keyword ApexPD.
Tips to prevent ATM fraud
▪ Inspect the door access device prior to opening the lobby doors; most counterfeit devices are installed with double-sided tape and are installed over the original door access device.
▪ Inspect the machine for items that were installed over or around the personal identification number (PIN) pad of the ATM. Look for a small pin hole pointing toward the key pad.
▪ Cover the keypad with your other hand while typing your PIN.