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Two more card skimmers found inside ATMs

Lafayette police have reported two more card skimmers at ATMs belonging to Purdue Federal Credit Union.

Posted: Nov 1, 2019 5:58 AM
Updated: Nov 1, 2019 6:42 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette police have reported two more card skimmers at ATMs belonging to Purdue Federal Credit Union. It now brings the total to three found in Greater Lafayette over the past week. 

According to Sgt. Mike Brown, a PFCU employee recently discovered the skimmers. The devices were located inside ATMs at 2 Shenandoah Drive and in the 3400 block of State Road 38 East. 

As we reported on Tuesday, a skimmer was also found on a Purdue Federal ATM in West Lafayette last week.

"After further investigation, we have identified additional ATMs that had skimming devices inserted into the card readers, making them very difficult to detect," said Carrie North, VP of Marketing. "While no fraud has been detected, Purdue Federal Credit Union has proactively placed all cards at risk in additional fraud monitoring status and we will be communicating directly with those members who may have been impacted."

Purdue Federal encourage members to take the following steps to help reduce fraud:

• Actively monitor your account activity through digital banking.

• Enroll your card(s) in real-time text fraud alerts in digital banking.

• Contact us immediately at skimmerreporting@purduefed.com or call 765.497.8878 and leave a message if you notice anything suspicious at our ATMs.

Card skimmers are electronic devices which steal credit and debit card information from card readers. Many of them fit over or blend in with the actual card reader, making them difficult to detect. The Federal Commerce Department said a criminal can use wireless technology to download the stolen information to a laptop.

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