ATM Scammers Use Latest High-Tech Tools in Fresno – GV Wire
ATM scammers are back in Fresno, outwitting banks, convenience store owners and customers with sophisticated new technology.
A viral video showing a cobblestone superimposed on a card reader at 7-Eleven in Golden State and Shaw Avenue in Fresno has gone viral on social media, and the Fresno Police Department says it is aware of a few incidents.
“We haven’t received any increases in the use of skimmers recently, but they’ve always been a threat,” Fresno Police Department spokesman Lt. Bill Dooley said.
Viral video shows device stealing customer info from Fresno convenience store
sergeant. Martin VanOverbeek of the Financial Crimes Unit with Fresno PD said the overlay device on the 7-Eleven ATM is one of the most sophisticated he has seen.
“It’s designed to capture not just card information, but also key entries from a PIN,” VanOverbeek said. “Some have the ability to store the information and connect via Bluetooth when parked outside to download skimmed map information.”
Joseph Harris, who shared the video on Facebook, has since shared another video someone shared with him on Messenger showing another overlay device on a card reader at a convenience store on Blackstone and Sierra avenues in Fresno.
Convenience store owners not aware of skimmers: police
The video first went viral on Facebook and has since been shared on Twitter and Instagram. Many commentators have blamed convenience store owners – hinting they may be involved in the skimming thefts.
However, VanOverbeek says that is not the case.
“Despite some of the negative company/employee feedback, it’s highly unlikely they knew the device was present,” VanOverbeek said.
“What has happened in the past is that the salesperson is distracted by another suspect asking to see something behind the counter or in the back of the store while the overlay is installed on a point of view device. functional sale by a second suspect.”
In fact, surveillance video of someone installing a superimposed device was caught last year at the Food Shop convenience store near the Valero near Highway 41 and Jensen Avenue.
FOX26 News shared a video showing how quickly crooks can place these overlay devices on card readers.
Scammers are also scouring ATMs in Reedley
In another related incident reported by Fox 26 news, card skimmers were discovered five weeks ago at Bank of America in Reedley.
These card skimmers are paper thin, inserted into the same slot where you slip your card.
sergeant. Gary Kincaid of the Reedley Police Department is leading the investigation and says most people have no idea these card skimmers are there because they’re well hidden.
“When you insert your card, it’s going to read the account number and those things,” Kincaid said.
The crooks fix a metal piece on the top or sides of the ATM which contains a camera inside with a memory card to record a person’s personal PIN code.
“You can’t see them, they have little pinholes and they look like they’re part of the ATM trim,” Kincaid said.
Kincaid doesn’t know what the total losses are, but says the thieves tapped into the accounts and also used the information to open new credit card accounts.
Reedley PD has made an arrest and the suspect is facing felony charges.
“I think it’s a well-informed group that has a lot of people involved in this,” Kincaid said.
How to protect yourself when using an ATM or PIN pad
For the bank:
- Hide your PIN.
- Enter the bank and use a cashier.
- Look at the POS device and even pull on it to see if an overlay is installed.
- Always cover your PIN when entering it.
- Whenever possible, use the ATM inside banks during business hours.
- Set up text and email alerts on your account to notify you regularly when purchases exceed a certain amount.
- Monitor your credit/debit activity online to confirm/verify charges.
- If you suspect fraud, call only the number on the back of the card. Googling the number could put you in touch with scammers.
- In case of fraud, file a police report.