Skimming devices found at ATMs in Corcoran, more than 30 affected, police say

CORCORAN, Calif. (KFSN) — In the small community of Corcoran, police said Bank of the West reported finding three separate skimming devices in their ATMs between October 5 and November 2.

The devices capture data on a card’s magnetic stripe and also have a camera that allows criminals to capture the victim’s PIN code when they type it on the keypad.

Deputy Chief Gary Cramer says the department received several calls from concerned residents whose bank accounts did not appear to be correct.

“We are up to just over 30 victims who have come forward to report that they have been victimized and that their cards are being used out of town even though they are still in possession of the card,” he said. -he declares.

Cramer says that due to the number of people using the only bank in town, they fear more victims may be there.

Nanci Guzman says she’s not one of them, but she’s heard of friends and family members who have been affected.

“It can happen to anyone and especially during the holidays,” she said. “You need that money, you need your bills paid and you don’t want to be a victim of any crime.”

Cramer says it’s common to notice an increase in skimming devices at this time of year and wants to remind everyone to be careful.

Experts say you can tug on a card reader to make sure it’s firm and stays intact on the machine. Keep an eye on your account for any unusual activity.

“Everyone needs to know if it’s a bank, a gas station, or a store,” Cramer said. “We saw skimming devices at all of these locations, so always be aware.”

As the investigation continues, police are working with businesses across the Central Valley where the cards are used in hopes of finding those responsible.

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