Skimming Device Scam Hitting the Greater Springfield Area
Friday morning the department reported they had received several calls of fraud on debit and credit cards. Victims were notified by their banking institutions of “unusual activity” even though they had possession of the card. So cardholders were unaware that thefts into their account were occurring.
The Wilbraham Police Department says it appears that skimming devices are being used. A skimming devices is a hidden electronic used to steal the personal information stored on your card and it records your PIN number to later access money from your account. The stolen information is then subsequently embedded into a newly manufactured fraudulent card.
The detective bureau has been speaking with area police departments about this scam including with East Longmeadow, Springfield, and Holyoke. They’ve also been in contact with authorities in Connecticut as part of the investigation.
Police are asking the public to “PLEASE be cautious of who has access to your credit/debit card and be certain that it is always within your view when utilizing it for a purchase.”
For any questions or if you’ve been a victim of a skimming device, please contact Wilbraham Police Detective Rudinski at 413-596-3837 or reach out to your local police department.