Friday, January 14, 2011

Security Cameras Catch Potential Skimming Machine Criminal

Skimming Machine CriminalSecurity cameras have captured video surveillance of a suspicious man in Sarasota, Florida who was seen approaching an ATM with a strange looking device. Sarasota Police are asking for any information on the man in the video footage.

The device seen in the video appears to be what is known as a skimming machine. A skimming machine reads debit card numbers as debit cards slide through the ATM. The person who is operating the skimming machine can then use that information to clean an account of all funds or even steal a person's identity.

The man was seen placing the device on a Bank of America ATM in Sarasota. A customer called police after finding the skimming machine on the ATM outside of the Bank of America located on Fruitville Road near Lockwood Ridge Road. Police reported that the potential skimming machine victim removed the device which may have compromised trace evidence.

Police do believe that the citizen found the device before the criminal had a chance to steal anybody's identity. Police did manage to pull three photographs from a security camera mounted near the ATM. The photographs depict a man wearing a zip-up Ralph Lauren hooded sweatshirt and holding the device in his left hand. Police are still unsure whether or not the device in the photographs is the skimming machine but they want to find out. Police are asking anybody who recognizes the man to call Detective Ronnie Roberson at 914-364-7316.

Source: ABC Action News
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