OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office is trying to track down a man who is believed to have installed a skimming device onto an ATM in Oshtemo Township.
Investigators obtained surveillance video from the OMNI Community Credit Union, 6622 W. Main St., which shows the man installing the skimming device around 6:30 a.m. July 14, according to the sheriff's office.
"So when you place your card into the ATM, the criminals have placed a skimmer that collects that information over the top of the actual device. At the same time, they also use a camera that would be placed above so they can get all of that information," Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller explained. "They are using some lower-tech technology. It's simple cameras. It's simple reader devices. It's just that they have disguised them very well."
Deputies began investigating after receiving several complaints of credit/debit card fraud in which account information was later used in Chicago. The fraud occurred after each of the victims used the same OMNI ATM near Ninth Street on July 14.
"At this point we do have 20 victims. When we talk about this on the news tonight, it's likely that we will hear from more people who say that something was suspicious," Fuller said.
Fuller said two skimming incidents in the last year have happened in Oshtemo Township. He thinks Oshtemo is a convenient location for out-of-town crooks.
If you have any information or recognize the man seen in the surveillance video, call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office at 269.383.8723 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.
Tips to protect yourself from skimming:
- Inspect the machine before you use it. If it's damaged or if you can feel glue residue near the card reader, that is red flag.
- Cover the keypad with your other hand to block your PIN.
- Use indoor ATMs.
- Try to avoid using ATMs that are in heavy tourist areas.
- Remember skimmers may also target gas pumps.
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