Scammers skimming Chesterfield residents out of money

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Think no one's looking? Think again. According to Chesterfield police 'tis the season for skimming.

"Every August, over the last couple of years we've seen the same type of incident occur in Chesterfield. It does seem to be spreading throughout the metro Richmond area," said Sgt. Michael Hines.

These men are the latest suspects in a crime police say happened on July 25 in Chester.

"It showed some male subjects attaching a skimming device onto one of the ATMS," said Hines.

A skimming device fits over the ATM's card reader. Hidden cameras or wandering eyes take down your pin.

"When the victim enters their credit card or debt card into the machine, it's swiping the magnetic strip obtaining the bank account information. The suspects then take that, create new cards and use them at an ATM or somewhere else," said Hines.

We found Daryl Clay using the ATM. He looked around. And after hearing about the scam, even checked the machine. But he admits he rarely checks his bank statements. It's the fastest way to know if you've been conned.

"There is no protection equal to what we can provide for ourselves," said Tom Gallagher with the Better Business Bureau.

And although this rash of crimes is happening at area ATMS, the BBB says it can happen anywhere- even at a gas station.

"Chances are they do it in the daytime because that's when the most activity is going to be at the ATM," said Clay.

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