BRADENTON, Fla (WFLA) – 7-Eleven Clerk Amanda Charland can’t imagine how it happened.
“They had to be very slick about it,” Charland said. “Because nobody noticed it. Nobody knew. I didn’t know it.”
Bradenton Police reported Tuesday that a technician servicing the ATM inside the convenience store, located at 902 14th St. West, discovered a skimming device. This is the first time a skimmer was located inside a store, Police Lt. James Racky said. They have been found at outside pumps and ATMs.
Racky says investigators are now working to determine how long that device had been inside that ATM.
Charland is concerned she may be a victim as well. “It concerns me because, I mean people come in. We didn’t even notice it had happened. I use my bank card in there. It worries me,” she said.
Tim Clark and other customers are changing the way they do business. Clark is only using credit or debit cards in transactions involving people.
“That’s the reason, for one, I never use a card in an ATM, not even at my bank. I go into the store itself and get money from the bank itself. If i’m using my card, like here, I go to that cash register because that’s the best way to do it,” he said.
Bradenton Police are urging customers who used that particular ATM to be vigilant. Here’s what the department said in a press release:
“If you have used that particular ATM at that particular 7-Eleven within the last week, and have noticed unusual transactions on you debit/credit card, please contact Det. N. Camacho Jr. at the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9312. or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at http://www.manateecrimestoppers.com.”
Bradenton Police offered a tips for ATM use and protecting yourself and your identity:
- Jiggle the card reader. If the card reader moves around when you try to jiggle it, something may not right. A genuine card reader should be affixed to the ATM so well that it will not move. A skimmer overlaid over the card reader may move.
- Examine the ATM. Does anything look out of place? Maybe the bottom panel is a different color from the rest of the machine because it is a fake piece of plastic placed over the real bottom panel and the keypad.
- Examine the keyboard. Does the keypad appear a bit too thic, or different from how it usually looked if you have used that ATM previously? It could be an overlay over the actual keypad.
- Check for cameras somewhere above the screen or keypad.