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Police offer advice on ATM skimmers

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- It's called ATM skimming. That's where someone will put a device on an ATM that steals your account info when you swipe your card.

Criminals make these devices to blend in with the machine and most people don't even know that they have just had their bank information stolen.

Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson says his officers have training in this type of theft. He says the devices used to steal the info are made to look like they're part of machine like the one discovered at a U.S. Bank in Marion.

"One thing when they do place that device over the top it's not a permanent strong structure that's attached to the ATM. They will double back tape or do anything they need to do to temporarily attach it because they have to come back later and remove it. So if you see something on there and it moves or wiggles I would be very suspicious," said Olson.

The best way to prevent this type of crime is to use one specific ATM. That way if there's anything suspicious or out of the ordinary you can ask the bank. Also don't be afraid to cover your hand as you put in your pin number, that way if anything is recording you, your number won't be stolen.

Police also say these types of devices could just be the beginning.

"What you're seeing a lot of or what you will see even more of as we become a more technological society, these criminals will discover more ways in which to steal your bank account information or credit card information," said Olson.

This type of crime is either very rare or well hidden in eastern Iowa. Both Waterloo and Cedar Falls Police Departments say they have never had to deal with this type of crime.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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