Credit card skimmer found on Florence ATM

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Police in Florence said a man was caught on camera placing a credit card skimmer on an ATM.

According to police, they believe the man placed the skimming device on the ATM on BB&T on Houston Road about two weeks ago.

"At this point in time we don't know how many people, if any, were compromised while this skimmer was placed on the ATM machine," Det. Mike Dickhaus said.

Police said they believe the man put the skimming device on the ATM around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and then came back on Nov.. 17  around 6:45 a.m. to get the device off in hopes of a big pay day.

"ATM's when they are tampered with - an alarm is triggered - or of there is any unusual activity to the ATM, so the alarm was triggered during the installation or removal of the skimmer," Det. Dickhaus said.

If you recognize the man in the pictures, police are asking you to contact Det. Dickhaus at 859-334-5556.

[RELATED: How to spot a credit card skimmer at the gas pump or ATM]

Police say pulling on the card reader should be part of every person's banking or gas pumping routine. Before you put in your card, give a good yank on the area immediately around the slot. If there's a skimmer, you should be able to pull it off with just your hand alone, no tools necessary.

Identity thieves can use your card numbers a lot more effectively if they also have your pin or the zip code you're typing in, so always cover the pad while you're typing, even if no one else appears to be around.

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