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UPDATE: How to spot a skimmer on an ATM after one found in Waterloo

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UPDATE: Skimmers steal about 2 billion dollars from Americans every year and they can be hard to catch.

A skimmer on a card slot will be larger than the actual slot so it will stick out a bit, but how can you spot one? 

Veridian's Manager of Loss Prevention Trina Becker says try shaking the card reader.

"Before you put your card in a gas pump or ATM, just wiggle the slot. If it wiggles at all, don't put your card in it," she says.

Becker says this is the first time a skimmer has been found on a Veridian machine in the area. Crews are double-checking all machines to make sure there are no other skimmer devices.

Waterloo Police do have surveillance video that will be released in the next few days. 


Waterloo Police are looking for the person that put a skimmer and a hidden camera on an ATM.

The device was found at the Veridian Credit Union Drive-Up ATM at 1515 East San Marnan Drive, located in front of the Target store. Officials with Veridian Credit Union believe the skimmer was placed on the machine around 6:45 a.m. on Friday, August 25th. Security removed it at 8:05 a.m. and police were notified at 8:37.

According to Andrea Hudnut with Veridian Credit Union, "We believe that the skimmer was unsuccessful and that no personal or card information was compromised. As a precaution, we have reached out directly to our members who used this ATM within the small window of time the skimmer was in place."

If you have any information, contact police or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.

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