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Local police warn of ATM skimming devices

Posted at 6:23 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-01 07:53:58-05

Norfolk, Va. - Police want local business owners and ATM users to watch out for skimmers as cases of attempted debit and credit theft continue to be an issue.

Skimmers are pieces of plastic and contain a bunch of wires. They're placed over top of the slot where a credit or debit card would go, and allow a thief to read the card's information. Scammers also often put hidden video cameras on ATM's to try and steal pin numbers.

Norfolk police still trying to track down two men believed to have attached skimmers to ATM's at three 7-Eleven's in the city. Newport News police also sent out a warning to local businesses earlier this week about skimmers.

"It's a hassle because sometimes you end up going months without that money," said Buddy Gann, a shopper who says his daughter was victimized earlier this year. "The more we do with electronics, the more we're going to have this happen."

To protect against ATM theft, police say to look around ATM's for anything out of place or anything that appears loose. Also, ATM users should cover themselves when entering pin numbers.

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