Credit card skimming device found in Dearborn

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department A fictitious card reader and cell phone with a video camera attached to an ATM. The fictitious card reader is flush to the compromised ATM, whereas the others are recessed. A facade of ATM colored molding is attached to the upper part of the ATM. The facade conceals the cell phone which records customer PINs.

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department
A fictitious card reader and cell phone with a video camera attached to an ATM. The fictitious card reader is flush to the compromised ATM, whereas the others are recessed. A facade of ATM colored molding is attached to the upper part of the ATM. The facade conceals the cell phone which records customer PINs.

DEARBORN — Police recently uncovered a credit card skimming device at an ATM in the city.

Officers had been called to an ATM in the city regarding a suspicious looking device attached to the machine. The device had been attached to the machine in an attempt to obtain the account information of customers.

Recent intelligence indicates a trend in the use of credit card skimming devices by criminals in many southeast Michigan communities, according to a Dearborn Police Department press release. The devices are most commonly attached to ATMs or gas pumps.  These devices are designed to obtain account information and ultimately withdraw money from bank accounts.

The Police Department urged the public to use caution when using ATMs and methods of payment. People who believe they may have fallen victim to this type of crime are asked to report it to police.

People who discover something suspicious attached to a gas pump or ATM are asked to leave the device alone and call police.

People also can contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at 517-655-8202.

Illustration courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department

Illustration courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department