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March 26, 2013 > Be aware of PIN theft

Be aware of PIN theft

Submitted By Union City PD

One of the more interesting crimes that occurred the week of March 10-15 was the discovery of a PIN card reader illegally attached to the lobby entry doors at the CitiBank in Union City (Decoto Rd). This was a very sophisticated operation. Identity theft is the fastest rising type of crime and we must all remain vigilant. This scam was uncovered by a regular bank customer that noticed a small imperfection in the device and promptly reported it. While using a credit card at a gas pump, look into the area where you swipe the card in the event that a small device/card reader has been placed there. If you do that each time it becomes a habit.

Make sure to pay attention to the details when using your ATM or credit cards. Criminals are known to place accessory devices over ATM machines, and even gas pumps. The criminals will commonly add an additional face plate to any machine that accepts a credit card or access card. The face plate might resemble an authentic part of an existing machine. However, the face plate is used to conceal a device that will store information associated with your card. Additional spy cameras are often used in conjunction with the face plate to obtain access codes as you enter numbers on the ATM keypad. It is a good idea to use one of your hands to hide any "PIN" or access numbers you may enter when using ATM style machines.

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