Skimmers hit ATMs in 2 towns
Hyde Park and town of Poughkeepsie police hope security camera footage will help identify suspects in several incidents of “skimming” at bank ATMs in both communities.
Since the beginning of September, banks in both towns have been targeted by two suspects, Poughkeepsie police said in a press release.
Skimming devices illegally record bank card numbers and other identifying information with concealed cameras placed on ATMs. In Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie, devices recorded the victims’ account numbers and authorization codes, which later were used fraudulently, police said.
Poughkeepsie Detective Sgt. Joseph Cavaliere said his department would not release the names of the banks targeted or the number of accounts involved. He said both banks notified customers whose information was compromised.
Cavaliere said a press release about the matter was issued as a public service in an attempt to make bank customers aware of potential security breaches at any ATM.
“We’re trying to make a pre-emptive strike,” he said.
Police advise anyone using an ATM to examine it for loose, crooked or damaged parts as well as scratches or adhesive or tape residue before inserting their card.