SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Police Department is currently investigating a skimmer found on a local bank’s ATM. Central Bank of the Ozarks said they caught the skimmer quickly and will ensure that all personal information remains safe.
It says it’s doing their part of keep crooks away from your personal information and it wants to help you protect yourself from being a victim of fraud.
Jamie Hamilton was a victim of an unrelated incident of credit card skimming.
“I use my credit card quite a bit in traveling and my bank thankfully caught it. They contacted me and said my information had been compromised,” said Jamie Hamilton.
Hamilton said now he always checks the safety tape. Richard Reynolds said he doesn’t check the tape but feels like he’s cautious enough.
“I only use it at the bank machine because I feel it’s safer,” said Reynolds.
Some people think it could only happen at a grocery store or maybe a gas station, but it could just as easily happen at your own bank’s ATM.
“It can happen to any device that you put your debit card in,” said Andrew Tasset, Central Bank of the Ozarks Vice President of Marketing.
Andrew Tasset said card skimming is a growing issue.
“ATM skimming devices have been an issue not only for our bank but for many banks in our area and across the country,” said Tasset.
Crooks place card reader caps on top of the machine that looks almost identical to the original.
“That will read the information as well as the machine reading their information, that information stays on that device,” Tasset said.
The criminals can even place a camera above the keypad to record your pin number.
“You should use your hand to cover up the keypad when you’re entering in your pin number,” said Tasset.
Tasset said he doesn’t want to scare people just ensure they’re informed to keep their money safe.
“We do have procedures in place to catch these devices before they catch people’s information,” Tasset said.
He said almost all banks that catch a skimmer on their ATM will reimburse any money taken and it will do whatever it can to ensure your personal information remains safe. Tasset said chip technology is an added security measure to help crooks from compromising personal information.