AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Police have released surveillance photos of several suspects wanted for stealing victims’ bank account information from an ATM.
According to Akron police, the suspects placed a skimmer on the ATM on Feb. 6.
The suspects then created counterfeit debit cards and used them at numerous ATM’s in the Cleveland area to withdraw money from the victims’ accounts, said Akron police.
If you have any information, please contact Akron Police Detective D. Radca at 330-375-3464.
Below are some tips from the Ohio Attorney General on how to avoid becoming a victim of a credit card skimmer:
Check for fake overlays, which are devices that identity thieves place over existing ATM/gas pump card readers. Most fake overlays are secured by tape. Try wiggling or pulling on the reader before inserting your card. If the device comes off, it is most likely a skimmer overlay.
Check for damage or foreign objects inside the card reader.
Check for a gas pump security seal. Some gas stations place stickers on gas pumps that will turn void if the inside of the gas pump has been tampered with.
Use a credit card instead of a debit card. If you must use a debit card, run the transaction as credit, if possible.
If a pin code is required to complete the transaction, cover up the pin pad with your other hand. Thieves sometimes place small cameras in card readers to obtain pin code information.
Pay inside at the cashier instead of paying at the pump.
Monitor your credit card and back accounts regularly.