SEAFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An ATM skimmer attached with super glue was found inside a 7-Eleven in Seaford.
Along with the card reader, investigators found a pinhole camera with a transmitter placed right above the key pad, used to capture an unsuspecting victim’s fingers entering their personal identification number.
Once that information is transmitted to the person who installed the skimmer, they’ll have everything they need to access and drain your account.
Ryan Brady discovered the skimmer earlier this month. He called the police and stood there, stopping anyone else who tried to use the machine.
“People work hard for their money and everybody should know about this,” Brady told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
He posted a video on Facebook showing a police officer prying away at the device, CBS2’s Magdalena Doris reported.
“The first pictures of the ATM reader are the skimming device, it is supposed to be flush, not raised (learned that from the detectives). The only reason I realized something was fishy is because I’m paranoid and I always pull on the card reader before I use anything that reads cards,” the post said. “This one was glued on so pulling on it raised no alarms but when I squeezed it, it moved. I pulled on it hard and saw the actual card reader behind it.”
Brady didn’t want to show his face on camera or get any credit for the helpful tip, but he suggests examining the card reader every time.
“Hopefully more people will notice what to do, how to do it and find some more of these things so we can put a stop to it,” Brady said.
Shoppers outside the 7-Eleven were shocked.
“I don’t even know what to look for, it looks real,” one man said.
“Now you can’t even trust the machines,” a woman said.
“People who are trying to scam money, they should be prosecuted immediately,” another man said.
Police say they are investigating and are telling everyone to use caution when using an ATM.
Former FBI agent Manny Gomez says anyone can buy skimmers online, adding legislation should be put in place to stop the unrestricted sale of the devices.