You’ve probably heard of skimmers on gas pumps, but that’s not the only place thieves are trying to steal your identity. Police are sharing a warning for anyone who uses ATMs.
On Monday morning, police say someone was trying to get money out of a drive-thru ATM on the corner of 41st Street and Sycamore Avenue in Sioux Falls. That’s when the customer ran into some issues.
“It looks like a customer had used the ATM and had difficulty getting their card out of the machine. So a technician was called in,” Aaron Benson with Sioux Falls Police Department said.
The technician found a skimmer someone inserted into the machine.
“It looks like there was another part added to it also, which we’ve seen with skimmers in the past. Which is a camera that kind of films you, or takes footage of you entering your pin number,” Benson said.
Skimmers are devices attached to card readers, designed to steal your credit card information.
Authorities say some skimmers are so advanced, you can’t really tell they’re there until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to constantly check your account.
“If your information is given or taken by a skimmer, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to use that information that day or the next day. I could use a skimmer two weeks ago and they could wait days, weeks or months to actually act on using my bank card. So it’s just important to monitor the accounts. That’s the most important thing to do,” Benson said.
While police are not naming the business where they found the skimmer, American Bank and Trust tells KELOLAND News their ATM at the intersection was not compromised.