A York County credit union said it found a card skimmer on a Rock Hill ATM and reported it to police before any cards were compromised.
Felicia Pope, vice president of marketing and business development with ArrowPointe Credit Union, said the skimmer was found by the credit union staff on Sunday. She said that no cards were compromised.
It was found at an ArrowPointe ATM on Celanese Road, near the Home Depot shopping center.
Pope said the credit union has put in extra levels of security to catch such devices immediately.
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Pope said she could not reveal details about the type of device that was used the catch the skimmer, but she said the ATMs are being monitored “continuously.”
“We are proactively taking care of members and protecting them,” Pope said.
Pope said the credit union contacted Rock Hill police when the device was discovered.
Pope said the credit union is working with law enforcement officers investigating the case.
Officers are reviewing surveillance video to determine who may have put the device on the ATM, according to a Rock Hill police report.
Thieves install the skimmers to steal customer account information and their personal identification number.
The skimmers look like the credit card swiping device on an ATM, even matching the color of the original device, said Mark Bollinger, public information officer for the Rock Hill Police Department.
Bollinger said the police department sees less than a dozen of these incidents a year. The skimmers may also be used at gas stations, but can be harder to see than ones installed on ATM’s, he said.
Users should shake the swiper to see if it’s loose, Bollinger said.
“Those skimmers aren’t on there super securely, so if it’s a skimmer, it will come off in your hands,” he said.
If that happens, Bollinger said, users should call 911 and get law enforcement to the area. He said users should also contact their financial institutions and alert them.
Users should also cover the keypad with their hands while typing in their PIN.
Other things to look for include added mirrors with pin hole openings, which can hide a camera, Bollinger said. He said ATM users should always be on the lookout for “anything that’s on there that wasn’t before” and call police and/or their bank to report anything suspicious.