Aug 31, 2015 5:40 PM

Could your personal info be at risk? Card skimmer found on Rochester ATM

ROCHESTER - A skimmer that captures personal information from credit and debit cards was recently discovered at a Northeast Credit Union drive-up ATM.

The skimmer was found by a customer, according to President & CEO Tim Collia.

The device was then reported to police.

“They’re trying to gain bank account information and pin information so they can access your account," said Rochester Police Capt. Gary Boudreau.

Boudreau said investigators were able to remove the skimmer in addition to a pinhole camera, which records customers' fingers as they enter their pin.

Because police recovered the skimmer, they don't believe any customer information was able to be stolen.

Skimmers have been a method of stealing private credit information for years, according to leaders at Northeast Credit Union - who has over a dozen branches across the state.

The bank is now joining many others around the country who are changing over to a more secured "chip" card, which makes it much more difficult for identity thieves to steal information.

“It doesn’t carry any of the actual data on the chip itself," Collia said.

NCU's credit cards have already adapted the chip. Debit cards will start to include the new technology in the fall.

All cards will still have a traditional swipe-strip as many retailers aren't expected to adjust to the technology as quickly.

Police have launched an investigation to determine who may have placed the skimmer. No suspects had been identified as of Monday afternoon.


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