|ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS WARNS CONSUMERS ABOUT ATM SKIMMING|
(DENVER) – Attorney General John Suthers today issued an advisory warning consumers about ATM skimming, a scam in which thieves use a card swipe device to capture information on an ATM card.
In this scheme, thieves use a portable card-reading device or “skimmer” that fits unobtrusively over the ATM card slot. The device then records the data on the card’s magnetic strip. In some cases, thieves have also attached small cameras nearby to record consumers as they enter in their PINs.
“You can never be too careful. Even ATM machines are susceptible to tampering,” said Suthers. “If you notice anything suspicious about an ATM machine, walk away and report it to the bank and local law enforcement.”
Attorney General Suthers offered these tips to help prevent consumers from becoming victim to card skimming:
Some estimates indicate that ATM skimming led to nearly $3 billion in losses last year.
Suthers issued the advisory after receiving consumer complaints, specifically one in which a Coloradoan had been a victim of ATM skimming while on vacation.