ATM skimmer found at HSBC bank in Rye
Police say they have discovered a skimmer installed in an ATM machine at the HSBC bank on Purchase Street in Rye, the latest in a long line of identity thefts in the area.
Similar devices, which are used to steal information from ATM users, have also been found at banks in Bronxville, Yonkers and Pelham. Alert customers noticed the devices and called police, but others in the area haven't been so lucky and were victims of identity theft.
The discovery comes in the wake of the NYPD making the largest identity-theft bust in U.S. history. More than 100 people were arrested in Operation Swiper, which saw bank tellers and retail employees allegedly stealing the IDs of numerous customers to create fake credit cards and go on expensive shopping sprees. Some of the suspects were employees at The Westchester mall in White Plains.
Police are advising ATM customers to wiggle the card slot before putting their card in. If it's loose, there could be a skimmer installed. They also suggest covering the keypad with your free hand in case of any hidden cameras.
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