CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Criminals are taking aim at your money and they're going directly to the source. Chesterfield Police reported finding a skimmer on an ATM at the Breckenbridge Shopping Center in Chester. That's right off Jefferson Davis Highway.
"Credit card skimmers are actually becoming a problem for law enforcement these days," says lead forensic examiner Patrick Siewert.
Siewert is the owner of Pro Digital Forensic Consulting and a former police officer. He says a skimmer is a device that reads your information off the card and transmits it to the bad guys.
"They can turn around and actually translate it to either access your bank account or make purchases online," explains Siewert.
Chesterfield Police report at least one person was a victim of fraud at an ATM here in Chester this month. News, that's alarming to customers in the area.
"I would not be happy," says bank customer Mike Crisp.
A skimmer is often times no bigger than a deck of cards and blends right in with ATM -looking like a piece of plastic that belongs on the machine. That's why Siewert says you make sure your ATM doesn't has wires hang from it, or look like its been tampered with -before you go to use it.
"If you're looking at the external ATM and the things that are fly by night- not so creditable -maybe it's a better idea not to get cash there, but maybe some place like Kroger or CVS wherever you do your shopping," suggest Siewert.
Bottom line Siewert says, if something about the machine doesn't seem right, don't use it.
If do you become a victim of a skimmer, contact your card issuer or your bank immediately. Experts say in most cases, you won't be held liable.