Skim­mers found on ACU ATMs; cus­tomers warned to check their ac­counts

The Olympian - - Stay Connected - BY DEB­BIE COCKRELL dcock­[email protected]­new­stri­bune.com Deb­bie Cockrell: 253-597- 8364; @Deb­bie_Cock­rell.

If you are an Amer­ica’s Credit Union cus­tomer, it’s time to dou­ble-check your ac­count bal­ance.

Skim­ming de­vices have been found at the credit union’s ATMs in Pierce and Thurston coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to an alert sent Thurs­day by ACU.

The af­fected lo­ca­tions:

The drive-up ATMs at A its Yelm branch (415 Yelm Ave. E.).

DuPont branch (1495 Wilm­ing­ton Dr.).

Spanaway branch (Cor­ner A of 170th and Pa­cific Av­enue — 17007 Pa­cific Ave.).

Ac­cord­ing to Amy Shuey, ACU mar­ket­ing man­ager, the first skim­ming de­vices were put on an ATM on Hal­loween.

“The fraud­sters started us­ing them on Nov. 3, and we were no­ti­fied by a mem­ber the same day,” Shuey said. “Once we dis­cov­ered the skim­ming de­vices, we called all ACU mem­bers to can­cel cards and reis­sue new ones to mit­i­gate loss for the mem­ber. At this time we do not have an ex­act count re­gard­ing the af­fected mem­bers, but es­ti­mate it to be 500-plus.”

Cus­tomers are ad­vised to check their ac­counts for any unau­tho­rized ac­tiv­ity.

If you do see ev­i­dence of ac­count tam­per­ing, con­tact your fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion im­me­di­ately, as well as the ma­jor credit bu­reaus on­line or by phone:

Equifax: Equifax.com, 800-685-1111

Ex­pe­rian: Ex­pe­rian.com, 888-3973742

Tran­sUnion: Tran­sUnion.com, 888- 909-8872

ACU’s alert said that “Sev­eral of the per­pe­tra­tors have been iden­ti­fied, and one is now in cus­tody.”

“Although we are fed­er­ally in­sured, and your funds are cov­ered, please re­mem­ber to be vig­i­lant and check for signs of tam­per­ing when you ap­proach an ATM, fuel pump, or other de­vice where you are us­ing your credit or debit card,” said Kim Kingery of ACU’s dig­i­tal ser­vices.

Skim­ming de­vices are il­le­gally added to card scan­ners to cap­ture in­for­ma­tion from a debit or credit card’s mag­netic strip, which can then be used to ac­cess the ac­count.

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