5 Eastern European men arrested in ATM skimming ring
A multimillion-dollar ATM skimming ring has been busted in Westchester.
Police from several departments met today at the Westchester County Police Academy to announce the arrests of five men from Eastern Europe.
Investigators say the suspected scammers were stealing customers' personal information at banks throughout the county. They say the men are most likely part of a larger ring and were sent to Westchester just to set up the machines.
Police won't say how many they've found, but say the setup process can take only about two minutes. The only physical difference to the everyday user is a slightly bigger card reader, where information is taken from the bank card's magnetic strip, and a molding added to the machine, with a camera inside that records victims' PIN numbers.
Experts say there a few things people can do to protect themselves from this kind of scheme. First, look at the slot where you insert your ATM card. If you see glue or the reader wiggles, it could be rigged. Also, always cover your fingers while typing your PIN into the keypad and always be aware of your surroundings.
To watch the news conference announcing arrests in the Westchester skimming case, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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