How to spot ATM skimming devices

Try shaking the card reader at the entrance

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Local law enforcement officials are warning about a growing crime trend at the ATM.

Skimming devices are being installed on ATMs across the country, stealing your banking information. The FBI says ATM skimming costs U.S. banks hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

It’s something to be aware of when you’re in a rush to withdraw or deposit money this holiday season.

Denys Dudkin of West Springfield told 22News, “It doesn’t scare me away, because I trust the bank. I wouldn’t trust ATMs that are at a convenience store. Those are the kinds that I wouldn’t trust.”

Try shaking the card reader at the entrance. If it’s loose, rattles, or comes off, it could be a skimmer. Notice if any part of the ATM is discolored or oddly attached. “Out of order” signs should be printed by the bank, not handwritten.

If you think you’re a victim, check your bank statements, run a credit report, and contact police.

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