Police investigate skimming device on local ATM

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LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police responded to a North Cape May bank Saturday, Aug. 17 to investigate an electronic skimming device that was found on the ATM located in the bank’s vestibule.

According to Capt. Thomas Beeby, a Bank of America customer at the branch located at 3841 Bayshore Road discovered the skimming device at 2:59 p.m. A police investigation revealed that the device was installed at 2:13 p.m.

Police are recommending that customers who used that ATM location on that date monitor their accounts.

“The police department also wants customers to be vigilant while using their debit cards at any ATM location, and if they suspect that a machine has possibly been tampered with they should call the local authorities immediately and discontinue their transaction,” according to a press release.

The investigation is ongoing. The Lower Township Police Department requests that anyone with information contact them on the non-emergency line at 886-1619.

ATM skimming is a method used by criminals to capture data from the magnetic stripe on the back of an ATM card. Many of the devices are smaller than a deck of cars and are often fastened in close proximity or over the top of an ATM’s factory-installed card reader.

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