Skimmers found at ATMs in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Police continue to search for suspects who installed skimmers on ATMs in Charlotte.
Police reports show officers seized an SD card, a flat metal object with wires and circuit boards connected to a phone battery connected to an ATM in Uptown at 301 South Tryon Street.
Investigators say they also found a device on Couloak Drive at the State Employees Credit Union, where thieves were filmed setting up the devices.
Crimestoppers issued a tweet warning about several cases in the Queen City. Alexa Gidney says that’s when she connected the dots.
“They got me good, and it affects me pretty hard,” Gidney said. “I was dropping off that day and didn’t notice anything, that’s why it was a big shock to me; that’s where my money was taken.
Gidney says she recently visited an ATM on Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood. She says she walked over and deposited money at the machine, and a week later she says her account showed a withdrawal of $300 to the same place.
She says Wells Fargo blocked an $83 transaction at a local bar on the same day.
“I still physically have my card, so there’s no way I’m going to make the withdrawals; it was quite upsetting,” Gidney said.
The FBI says skimming devices fit over the original card reader storing data that fraudsters download and turn into fake cards later. Devices are sold on the dark web, and sometimes thieves install tiny cameras to catch you using your PIN.
As police continue to search for the crooks, Gidney is grateful the bank reported the fraud.
“Be careful inserting your card everywhere, even at the gas station; just use Apple Pay when you can,” Gidney said.
Gidney says she did not immediately report this to the police because Wells Fargo had already launched an investigation.
Police encourage victims to report cases, as this helps investigators gather evidence to build a case against suspects.
Queen City News has contacted Wells Fargo to ask how many victims and skimmers have been found. A spokesperson said the company could not reveal details “because it could jeopardize [its] ability to prevent future incidents.
Wells Fargo encourages customers to use contactless debit or credit cards.