Police Seek Suspects in ATM Skimming Scheme

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Police say two men have been targeting ATMs in Montgomery County and the District, and they say it's possible there are victims who don't realize their accounts have been compromised.

    Montgomery County Police need your help identifying two men wanted in connection with an ATM skimming scheme.

    Since August, the skimming devices have been placed on Bank of America ATMs at two locations in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, authorities said.

    The skimmers recorded the account numbers of those who used the machine, and those numbers were in turn used fraudulently.

    "We don't have an exact number of victims," Janelle Smith with Montgomery County Police told News4. "Victims are still contacting us and there may be victims still unaware their information was compromised."

    The men may be connected to similar crimes in the District and other jurisdictions as well.

    Bank of America officials told News4 they have notified all of their customers who may have had their information compromised and say their customers are protected against fraud like this. 

    Police have a few tips that you can use to make sure you don't become a victim:

    • Inspect ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using them. Check for loose, crooked, or damaged parts.
    • Block the keypad when entering your pin.
    • If possible, use the ATM located inside of the bank.
    • Use caution when using ATMs in tourist areas. Police say these machines are popular targets.
    • Beware of "shoulder surfers" -- those behind you who may be looking over your shoulder to obtain your PIN.

    If you recognize the men in the surveillance photos, call police at 240-773-6330.