Sylvania Twp. police investigating ATM skimming

SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) - Police are investigating an illegal skimming device found on a Fifth Third Bank ATM. The ATM is located the Fifth Third Bank location on King and Central in Sylvania Township.

Sylvania Township Police will not give specific numbers on how many people have been affected because of a "recent turn" in the investigation, but police said "quite a few" people's information has been compromised.

A skimming device is attached to an ATM to store or even transmit your card's details to a criminal.

"A crook can sit a block away and pick up the numbers on your debit card or ATM card, and you don't even know what's going on," said Dick Epstein, with the Better Business Bureau.

A police report revealed a woman was about to use the ATM on Saturday when she noticed something strange. She called bank security to ask about it. Bank security immediately called police.

"At the very least, they can charge more stuff on your card. They can take money out of your bank account," Epstein said.

The skimmer was removed by police. Police are not commenting on how long the device was attached.

"You can't even notice that they're on there, and that's the big problem," Epstein said.

Fifth Third Bank Released the following statement: "Our fraud detection team is contacting affected customers to alert them to the potential problem… We apologize for any inconvenience."

The statement also said any unauthorized transactions will be refunded in full, along with any fees. Customers will be issued new cards and PINs immediately.

Sylvania Township Police said a suspect was arrested in Cleveland for similar activity. They are "looking at him."

Experts ask customers to remain vigilant.

"When you go to any ATM machine, whether it be in a carryout or it be in a bank lobby, look carefully at the machine," Epstein said.

Epstein said to look for signs of tampering, sticky tape residue or anything out of place.

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