Card Sharks: Skimmer found at bank ATM in Newton

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Photo: Newton Police Department 

The Newton Police Department is asking the public to monitor their bank statements and credit reports after a skimmer was found at a bank ATM. 

A First Citizens Bank customer notified police on Sunday, Feb. 11 to the fraud. The customer stated that the ATM card reader "did not look right" when he started to use the ATM. 

The customer said he pulled on the plastic housing around the card swipe area when it popped off into his hands. Officers examined the piece that came off and discovered it was a card reader used to capture credit and debit information when the cards were swiped. 

After reporting the fraud to bank security services, officers received a call from bank security instructing them to check the ATM again for a small camera system. 

Newton officers performed a closer check of the ATM and discovered a fake cover had been placed on the area where cash dispenses. When officers removed this fake cover from the cash dispenser, they found a small camera with a battery power supply. 

Officers said the fake cash dispenser cover had a small pin hole on the top, which was directly under the key pad of the ATM. This allowed the camera to record the pin number used in correlation with the credit and/or debit card. 

“First Citizens Bank customers are asked to monitor their bank statements and credit reports for any unauthorized purchases or abnormal charges for the next several months," Chief Don Brown said. 

Based on ATM security footage, investigators believe the reader was placed on the First Citizens ATM on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 8:32 a.m. The suspect appears to be a woman driving in a silver mini-van. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Newton Police at (828) 465-7430.