NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - Officials are warning people to pay close attention to devices where credit or debit cards are used after a card reader and camera system were found at a bank's ATM in Catawba County Sunday.
According to the City of Newton, a person found a skimmer at an ATM at First Citizens Bank on South College Avenue in Newton. The customer told police that the card reader on the ATM "did not look right."
The customer reportedly pulled on the plastic around the card swipe area and the skimmer came off, police said. Officers say the card reader is used to capture credit and debit card information when cards are swiped.
Officers said they also found a small camera that had been placed under the key pad of the ATM to record pin numbers. Police Chief Don Brown released this statement:
Police believe the card reader was placed on the ATM around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
Officers believe a woman driving a silver colored mini-van is responsible for the installing the card reader and camera system. According to surveillance footage, the woman was reportedly wearing a gray hoodie pulled over her face during the incident.
The police chief said First Citizens Bank customers should monitor their back statements and credit reports for "any unauthorized purchases or abnormal charges for the next several months."
If you have any information, you can call Newton police at 828-465-7430.