COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit has confirmed the presence of skimmers on ATMs in the Columbus area as well as surrounding jurisdictions.
A skimmer is used to retrieve the card number and information off of a financial transaction card. A skimmer can be placed on any device where a financial transaction card is used as payment.
The person then retrieves the information off of the skimmer, creates a new card and recodes the new card with a new Personal Identification Number.
When the new card is used the transaction will show on your bank account because your bank account information has been attached to that card. Most of these devices are placed on outside card readers where you would usually use your card, such as an ATM or gasoline pump.
If a skimmer has been implanted there are some signs to look for, such as: your card may not come back out of the slot as far, your card may be backwards or upside down, or your card may have some resistance as it come out.
Attached are several generic photographs of these devices as examples.
At this time, police have not specified the locations where skimmers where found. Contact the Financial Crimes Unit at (706) 653-3400 if you have any additional questions or concerns.