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Salt Lake City Police warn about advanced skimming devices

Apr 2, 2024, 5:00 AM

Image of a fake keypad and a skimming device on an ATM. Salt Lake City Police are warning people to...

A fake keypad used during an ATM skimming scheme in Salt Lake City. The photo was released by police on April 1, 2024 (Salt Lake City Police).

(Salt Lake City Police)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police are warning people to be on the lookout for skimming devices. They say these devices are becoming more advanced, putting your information even more at risk. 

The renewed warning comes as Salt Lake City Police investigate a recent case at a convenience store on 100 South and Main Street, where a skimming device, including a fake keypad, was fixed onto an ATM.

That device was found in March, and officers are still collecting information in that case.

Here’s how these skimming devices are different

“Historically, we’ve just seen the credit card reader on it,” Salt Lake City Police Spokesperson Brent Weisberg said. “Now these criminals are using the fake number pad on the machine’s keypad to collect even more personal information.”

Salt Lake City police claim criminals are becoming more covert, creating even more realistic-looking skimming devices to acquire personal and financial information.

“These criminals can make unauthorized purchases; they can even go as far as opening up other financial accounts in a fraudulent manner,” Weisberg said. “There is a lot of harm that can be done with skimming.”

Weisberg advises that people slow down when they visit the pump, the ATM, or any other point-of-sale device. Look out for scratches, loose hardware, exposed wiring or inconsistent coloring from the rest of the device. 

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