Apr 12, 2016 1:11 PM

ATM skimming device reported in Manchester, data theft on the rise

MANCHESTER - A credit union in Manchester has been the latest victim of a virtually undetectable high-tech form of pick pocketing called skimming.

A woman said she saw three men tampering with the ATM and called police. They later found a skimming device inside that has since been removed.

St. Mary’s Credit Union on Granite Street was the latest victim of the growing trend known as "card skimming" where all it takes is putting your debit card into an ATM and in seconds having all the information ripped from it.

“I haven’t noticed or I wouldn’t have been using it,” St. Mary’s customer Pierre Blanchette said.

Blanchette didn't notice anything on the ATM and that’s what thieves want you to think, that nothing is wrong especially when these devices can be installed in minutes and you wouldn’t even know.

“I think I’ll probably go inside and use the teller service a little more,” Blanchette said.

New Hampshire has seen a rise in these crimes from the Seacoast to Manchester at banks, credit unions and gas stations. But what makes one location more desirable than another?

“When you’ve got banks and things in close proximity to the highways that may make it easy for these guys to come in and out,” Lt. Brian O’Keefe with Manchester Police said.

Some tips to protect yourself:

1. Police suggest customers pay inside don’t trust the machine.
2. Try literally tugging on the parts of the ATM or gas pump that skimmers target where you insert your card.
3. Cover the pin pad so thieves can’t retrieve that final piece of information to hack all of yours.

Police said that these kind of crimes are in the rise in Manchester and in surrounding communities like Bedford so be aware of your surroundings. They suggest the best advice for those who do want to use the ATM is to skip it entirely.

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