MARTINSVILLE – The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Valley Star Credit Union are warning about the recent use of an illegal credit card reading skimmer that was installed in an ATM in Martinsville earlier this month.
Investigators say the man pictured on surveillance photos installed the skimmer at 6:20 a.m. Feb. 2 and removed the device early the next morning on Feb. 3.
Multiple reports of credit card and debit card fraud came in to the Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 11.
The illegal skimmer was placed in a Valley Star ATM on DuPont Road.
The skimmers are made to easily slide over the ATM skimmer and are hard to detect by users.
The Sheriff’s Office says you should follow these tips to protect your account:
Watch for card readers that look suspicious. The area where a credit or debit card is swiped or inserted that does not match the rest of the ATM or card reader.
Pull or tug on the card reader before using it. If it detaches or feels loose, do not insert your card or use it. External card reading skimmers are typically installed with an adhesive.
Look for devices near the card reader that may hold a camera sometimes just a tiny pinhole camera as those can be used to record images of both sides of the bank card or the user's PIN.
Shield your PIN number entry with your hand to prevent a camera from recording it.
Look for evidence of tampering with the ATM or card reader. If you notice any tampering loose or damaged doors refrain from using it.
Monitor your bank and credit card statements regularly. If you suspect fraud or find evidence of purchases you did not make, report it to your financial institution and local law enforcement.
Immediately report any suspicious devices or suspicious activity near an ATM or card reader to local law enforcement.
If you have any information on the crime, call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or CrimeStoppers at 276-632-7463 (63-CRIME). CrimeStoppers offers rewards up to $2,500 for information.