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Buena Park Police warn public about ATM card skimmers

The Buena Park Police Department and other cities in Orange County have seen an increase in reports of skimming devices being placed on ATM machines. Individuals will typically place a device over the card terminal and mount a small camera near it to capture and store the victim’s debit card number and also their PIN. While this can happen at any bank or ATM, Bank of America is where we currently find most of these devices.

Banks will reimburse most fraudulent activity on an account, however, they will not reimburse funds taken by an individual that uses your PIN! This is why it is EXTREMELY important to keep your PIN secret.

As you can see from the photos, it can be difficult sometimes to tell if a skimming device has been placed on an ATM, but we have provided some clues to look for. Regardless, the best way to avoid someone obtaining your card number and PIN is to shield the PIN pad with your hand when entering your PIN AT ALL TIMES.

If you suspect that a skimming device has been placed on an ATM, notify the bank and contact the Buena Park Police Department at 714-562-3902.

Illustration showing things to watch for when using an ATM to prevent credit- or debig-card skimming. Illustration courtesy of Buena Park Police Department.
Illustration showing things to watch for when using an ATM to prevent credit- or debig-card skimming. Illustration courtesy of Buena Park Police Department.
The article and graphic above were released by the Buena Park Police Department.