Fraud alert: Skimming increasing

ELKHART – The Elkhart Police Department and other surrounding agencies have recently seen an increase in fraudulent activities involving “skimming”.

“Skimmers” are card readers that are placed on real terminals, most often Automated Teller Machines (ATM), which gather information when a credit or debit card is swiped. The information is stored on the device which is then used to make a clone credit or debit card. There will also usually be a camera mounted nearby which is used to gather the Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Tips for defeating the skimming device:

• Check for signs of tampering.

• Make sure everything is securely attached; pull on the card reader and the keypad.

• Make sure to cover the keypad when entering you PIN.

• Avoid stand-alone ATMs.

• Frequently check your bank accounts.

The Elkhart Police Department asks that you are aware of your surroundings and take these simple steps, which will help prevent you from becoming a victim.

(3) comments


I wouldn't know, I don't use any of these machines, am safe. And I certainly don't care.


The same can happen if you use debit at gas stations and other businesses!

Deuce Luminox

Do we know where the skimming occurred?

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