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SKIMMING TO MAKE A BUCK – AN OLD ATM SCAM

BSO Case Number: DR02-07-00181
PIO Number: 02-7-7
Date: July 1, 2002
Time: 2045
Place of Occurrence: 1000 South Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach

Victim(s):

  • Benjamin Driscoll, 23, 5/10/79, male, 611 SE 1 Street, Delray Beach

Suspect(s):

  • Unidentified

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are warning the public to beware of an old ATM scam that resurfaced in Deerfield Beach earlier this week.

There have been reports in the past of crooks stealing your personal identification number or PIN while you use an automated teller machine. Now these scam artists are using a card-swiping device to capture a victim’s PIN. In most cases, the fake screen and card reader are attached to a legitimate ATM using some adhesive material. When cardholders use these ATM’s, they’re given an “unable to dispense cash” message. After getting the victim’s PIN, the criminals create counterfeit cards. They use the counterfeit cards to make balance inquiries on the account, and then make high-dollar withdrawals. According to a recent HNC CardAlert bulletin, issued last month, the payment-card skimming scheme is occurring throughout Florida and in New York City.

On Monday July 1, shortly before 9 p.m., victim Benjamin Driscoll went to use a Bank of America ATM at 1000 South Federal Highway. After swiping his card and entering his PIN, the screen advised the transaction could not be completed. Driscoll then put his card in the ATM slot and re-entered his PIN. Thinking something was odd about the situation, he tugged on the card-swiping machine and it detached from the ATM.

After advising the other customers in line not to use the machine, Driscoll and his friend tried to smash the machine in order to prohibit the information from being transmitted. The men notified the BSO. The bank fraud case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service. BSO will provide any necessary assistance.

Anyone with information is asked to call BSO’s Economic Crime Unit at (954) 321-4255. Economic Crime detectives recommend that if you come across a suspicious looking ATM, don’t use it and notify your banking institution immediately.

INVESTIGATORS: Economic Crime Sgt. E. Madge, CI and Dist. 10 Dep. R. Leitner (took report)
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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