Skim­mers hit ATMs in 2 towns

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­ di­aneat­free­man on Twit­ter

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.

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