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Worcester Police Seek Help in Identifying Two Credit Card Skimmer Suspects

Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

PHOTO: Worcester police Facebook

Worcester police are seeking help from the public in identifying two men who put a skimming device on a debit/credit card reader at the self-checkout at a local Stop & Shop. 

A skimmer is a device that’s installed over the card slot at a payment card reader. It is designed to look like a normal part of the machine, but it will record information from the magnetic strip on your credit card or debit card when you swipe.

The Incident

On March 9, at approximately 7:53 p.m. Worcester Police were sent to the Stop & Shop located at 541 Lincoln Street for a report of Fraud. Officers spoke with an employee at the store who told them that a credit/debit card “skimmer” had been recovered from one of the registers. 

The skimmer was discovered when a customer in the self-checkout aisle attempted to swipe a debit card through the card reader. The skimmer fell from the surface of the key pad.

During the investigation police reviewed surveillance video and observed two suspects installing the skimmer on February 27. The suspects were also captured on surveillance video two days prior pulling off the rubber policy shield that surrounds the authentic Stop and Shop credit/debit card reader in the same checkout aisle.

Customers are advised to check their bank statements for possible fraudulent transactions.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to  send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message by clicking here.

 

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