Tacoma Police are warning people to look closely at the ATM before you withdraw cash at a 7-Eleven store. Thieves are using “skimming machines” to steal bank account information off the magnetic strip and then cash out of accounts.
"A 'skimmer' was detected and removed from an ATM by a customer at a north Tacoma 7-Eleven a couple of weeks ago," said Officer Loretta Cool.
So far, seven people have filed reports of fraudulent ATM transactions on their accounts including Whitney Nelson. "It could happen to anybody. You need to check your bank account three our four times a day," said Nelson.
To spot a “skimmer,” shake the card slot to make sure it's not loose and look inside for loose or dangling wires. "I didn't even think about that. I thought that could never happen to me," said Nelson. She hopes other ATM users out there will keep a close eye for these red flags before you stick your card inside.
"If it moves at all, don't put your card in because it probably has a device that's attached to it," said Cool. "Once you remove your card, the bad guy has all of the information from your account saved."
If you are a victim of credit card skimming, police say file a report with them and make sure you notify your bank as soon as possible. If you have any information on the identity of the “skimming” suspects, you can report it anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.