LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - One Old National Bank location was compromised by an automatedteller machine (ATM) "skimming device" earlier this month, aspokeswoman confirmed Thursday.
A handful of local residents were affected, she said, but thebank has been able to secure the information of any debit cardsthat may have been compromised.
The spokesperson declined to give the exact location of the ATM,but two WLFI viewers said they had money stolen from their bankaccounts after using the Old National ATM on Creasy Lane inLafayette this month.
On Monday, officials at Fifth Third Bank learned that a similardevice had been placed on an ATM at its location on State Road 26East, a spokeswoman told WLFI Wednesday.
Thieves place these skimming devices over the card reader of anATM machine, so that they can steal customers' debit cardinformation. They usually install a pinhole camera nearby to spy onpeople's PIN numbers. With this information, they can create copiesof the cards and use them at ATMs or credit card machinesanywhere.
"It's a weird feeling to know that you're going about your dailybusiness and not even know you're being robbed," said Randy Lee, aLafayette resident.
Lee was unable to withdraw $40 from his bank account Saturday,where the ATM he used told him that he had surpassed his dailywithdrawal limit, of $500. Upon further investigation, hediscovered two transactions made on his account earlier that day:one for $303 and another for $203, both made more than two hoursaway, in Chicago.
"If I wouldn't have caught it, they would have takeneverything," he said.
Indeed, after he froze his debit card last weekend, his banknotified him that someone had used his debit card to make a balanceinquiry Sunday.
It was a similar story for Amy Cochran, a Battle Ground residentwho works at Purdue University. She was doing some online bankingTuesday when she noticed three transactions that lookedsuspicious.
"$1100 is what the total amounts to," she said. "And they did itimmediately. Two of them were done at the same bank, and when theylooked it up they were done relatively back-to-back."
The Lafayette Police Department is working with the SecretService to investigate the crimes, according to sources from thepolice department and Old National Bank. While the investigation isunderway, they cannot give out any further information.
The robbery victims who spoke to WLFI said they will bereimbursed by their banks.
If you notice any suspicious charges on your bank statement, besure to contact your bank or call the 800 number on the back ofyour debit card.
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