December 17th and December 18th, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's
Office were called to two separate truck stops along the I5 corridor after ATM
skimming devices were located. The first machine was located at the Flying J
near Aurora and the second was located at the Pilot Truck Stop in Brooks.
Deputies believe the skimming machines are related and may have been
affixed to the ATM's by the same suspect. ATM skimming machines are
sophisticated electronics designed to read the magnetic strips on the back of
ATM cards and in this case also video record the key pad as the unknowing victim
enters their pin.
According to aarp.org there are 6 ways to protect you
from ATM skimming;
* Go to the bank. Although not immune to skimming,
ATMs at banks are typically more secure--with their own 24/7 camera
surveillance--and better maintained. Machines at convenience stores and other
non-bank locations account for the majority of ATM compromises.
before using. Beware of ATMs whose card slots are a different color than the
rest of the machine; have unusual equipment on the slot, keypad or sides, or
overhead (which could hide a camera); or don't accept your card smoothly. If the
slot is not securely attached, walk away. Newer ATMs have a flashing or steady
light at the card slot. If it's obscured, suspect tampering.
* Hide it.
When entering a PIN, cover your hand as you press the numbers to protect
* Keep close tabs on all payment cards. As with
credit cards, most banks offer real-time alerts via text message or email on
debit card transactions.
* Create a separate account. Open a smaller
account, separate from your primary checking account, and use it exclusively for
debit card transactions. If the account is skimmed, the lower balance would
limit your losses.
* Lower your daily limit. Banks generally set a daily
limit for ATM withdrawals, but you can request to have the amount of the limit
reduced--say, $100 or less per day--to prevent scammers from making successive
withdrawals within minutes.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking any witnesses
or information regarding the man pictured. If you have information you can call
our tip line at 503-540-8079
or you can submit an
anonymous tip on our Facbook page at Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow by clicking
submit a tip on the left side of the page.
Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow