Credit card skimming makes its way to New England

By Bianca Buono

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Police are still searching for a suspect after a credit card skimming device was found at a bank last week.

Police say this is becoming more and more common across the east coast.

Detective Nicholas Peterson of Seekonk Police explained how credit card skimming works.

"There’s an overlay that’s placed over the actual reader that’s supposed to be there on the machine. And the reader has circuitry and chips inside which captures information off of credit cards once it’s slid in,” Peterson said.

It takes credit card theft to a new level and the trend has made its way to New England.

"That’s where, unbeknownst to many people, their information is being compromised,” Peterson said.

Last week, a bank employee at Rockland Trust found one of the devices that was left on an ATM.

"One that contained the technology to read the card information was placed over the real one,” said Peterson.

But ATMs aren’t the only targets.

"We find these devices on ATM machines, gas pumps,” said Peterson.

And many have no idea that these criminals are in their backyard. Police say there are several tell-tale signs you can look out for.

"You can give this [card reader] a tug. They can also fix a false plate up underneath here that may have a little pinhole in it pointing down to the keypad which is actually recording your pin as you’re putting it in,” Peterson explained.

Rockland Trust says they have notified all potentially affected customers and provided them with new cards.

Seekonk Police have not made any arrests in connection with the incident.