Norfolk, Va. - After finding card skimmers at three separate 7-Eleven locations, police are warning ATM users to become aware of criminals attempting to steal their information.
Card skimmers, usually installed over existing ATM card readers, allow criminals to record information from the magnetic strip on the back of your debit or credit card.
Thieves can also record your PIN by installing a hidden camera near the keypad of the ATM or even placing a fake keypad over an existing keypad.
An employee of the 7-Eleven on 4500 East Princess Anne Road called police after a customer noticed there were "extra parts" attached to the ATM . Investigators found a card skimmer at the ATM and found two additional card skimmers at the 7-Elevens on 5359 East Princess Anne Road and 3650 North Military Highway.
Police removed the skimmers from the ATMs. If you have used an ATM in those locations or surrounding areas, police urge you to check your account for fraudulent activity.
Detectives encourage ATM users to look for signs of tampering or loose keypads on card readers. They say you should cover your hand as you type in your PIN--it can prevent cameras from capturing the number.
If you notice anything suspicious about an ATM, call police.
Anyone with any information about an ATM skimmer found at local 7-Eleven locations should contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).