Upper Perkiomen Police Probe Card Skimming
PENNSBURG PA – An illegal credit card skimming device seems to be active somewhere in the greater Pennsburg area, and Upper Perkiomen police acknowledged Tuesday (Jan. 2, 2018) they’re not yet sure exactly where … but said the department’s Detective Division is working hard to find it.
The department issued a warning about its suspicions on its Facebook page. The devices can read and remember credit card numbers and access codes, which are then used by criminals for fraud and theft.
A local financial institution, presumably one whose customers had their cards tapped, apparently alerted police to the problem. It was not identified by name. Police believe one or more skimmers have been installed at a local business, probably on an automated teller machine (ATM) or gas pump. They have not pinpointed the location.
“You should physically examine the ATM or gas pump before inserting your card,” the department advised its readers. “If something appears to be out-of-place, contact the business … and law enforcement. Even if you do not suspect that a skimmer is installed at the point-of-sale machine (because some of them are really good), always cover your PIN code,” it added.
Card skimming devices also surfaced during late December (2017) as a problem in the Lower Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown areas.
The Upper Perkiomen department said it would keep the public informed of developments in its investigation.
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