Posted Wednesday February 20, 2013 --- 5:45 p.m.
Back in October of 2012 someone attached a credit card skimmer to an ATM outside of a grocery store in the Village of Prairie Du Sac. That skimmer along with other pieces of equipment helped crooks collect debit card and pin numbers of close to 200 people living in the area.
Police Chief Gerald Strunz says, " The common denominator in all of these accounts were that cards had been used at a single ATM located in the Village of Prairie Du Sac. "
In November the Bank of Prairie Du Sac notified police after customers complained about missing money. Total $114,000 was lost and police say things could've been worse.
"The only thing that's stopping them from emptying out bank accounts are that the banks have really good procedures in place to limit your daily withdrawls. "
The crook's trail of victims doesn't just end here in Prairie Du Sac. It extends down to Illinois and out towards the East Coast.
Chief Strunz says, " We've seen activity in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania as well as New York and New Jersey. "
Earlier this week two men were federally indicted for their role in what's being called an international skimming scam. Total there were close 6,000 victims and more than $3-million dollars was stolen. But police still need help identifying and finding one of the men.
So you don't become a victim police recommend routinely changing your pin number and checking your account.
Police also say if you don't want to get scammed you should check your ATM before inserting your card. If the card reader moves police say it is probably a skimmer and you should alert authorities right away.
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