SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) - A skimming device was found on an ATM in Sylvania Township at Fifth Third Bank, but the question everyone wants answered is: What can you do to protect yourself from one?
The best way to protect your debit card information is by being aware of your surroundings when using an ATM or any type of cash out device.
To the eye, skimming devices look like a normal part of any ATM or cash-out machine. However, the device can store or even transmit personal information from the magnetic strip on the back of a credit or debit card.
"The crook can sit, you know, a block away, pick up the numbers on your card, your debit card, credit card or your ATM card, and you don't even know what's going on," said Dick Epstein of the Better Business Bureau.
Skimming devices can be attached to the ATM card slot with double-sided tape. Other times, it may be inserted at the top of the machine with a pinhole, and a camera that is looking down at the keypad, so as a customer is punching in their personal information, it can be recorded.
"We know these devices have been used in Toledo. We know they're out there. And consumers must be careful when they use an ATM or cash machine," said Epstein.
The latest incident in our area was at the Fifth Third bank on King and Central Avenue in Sylvania township. Reports are showing that about $100,000 was stolen from various accounts.
Police are currently investigating the issue, and experts say the best thing one can do is pay close attention to the machine you are using.
"Look for any signs of tampering, look for signs of a sticky tape residue, like there's been a scotch tape attached somewhere. Look for anything out of place something that maybe doesn't exactly fit where it should fit," Epstein explained.
If you do see anything unusual about a machine, do not use it, and report the incident to a manager- or to the police.