Bank ATM Skimmer Investigation


On Friday, July 8, 2016 at 8:40 to 9:13 a.m., VPD patrol officers responded to two separate incidents involving “skimming” devices located attached to ATMs at the Rabobank on E Main Sttreet and the Montecito Bank & Trust on Telephone Road.
These devices can be used to monitor and record personal information such as account numbers and PIN numbers that the suspects will retrieve at a later date. Information obtained is then used to commit identity theft through unlawful access of bank accounts at ATMs.
The two devices were attached by adhesive tape to the outside of the card insert slot. They were removed and will be examined by detectives for any stored information.
The Ventura Police Department would like to remind citizens to report any suspicious persons loitering near or tampering with any ATMs, any suspicious devices attached to an ATM, and to carefully check bank statements for any unusual charges or activity. It is not known if these two crimes are related and there are no suspect descriptions available at this time.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to call the Ventura Police Department Street Crimes Unit at 339-4325, or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. If your information leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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