Corpus Christi Police Officer Discovers ATM Scam

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015, 14:12
Location: 5202 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road
Offense: Credit Card Abuse
Case Number: 1505220086

A Corpus Christi Police Officer’s keen attention as he used the automated teller machine at a convenience store Friday afternoon may have caused him to avoid becoming a victim of Credit Card Abuse.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer used the ATM machine at a store located at 5202 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road at 2pm Friday afternoon and noticed the plastic piece was loose when he slid in his ATM card into the machine. The Officer thought the piece was not seated properly and suspected the piece may not have been placed by the manufacturer and then the Officer pulled off the plastic piece which confirmed his suspicion. The Officer also noticed an additional piece above the card slot and discovered a camera. The Officer notified the store employees and the bank which owns the ATM. The bank sent a technician and confirmed to the officer that the two pieces the Officer discovered were not part of the machine. The Officer and store employees searched the store video and believe they have images of two suspects who placed the items on the machine at about 11:40am that day. The Officer took the two pieces to place in the evidence locker along with the copy of the video for Financial Crimes Detectives to investigate.

The suspects are two males and a more specific description may be provided at a later time after certain witnesses may be interviewed and Detectives attempt to identify the suspects. Meanwhile, the public is urged to conduct a careful review of ATM statements and notify their bank of any possible fraudulent charges. Anyone who used the ATM machine at the store at 5202 IH 37 Access between 11:40am and 2:00pm should pay careful attention to their bank statements and contact the Corpus Christi Police Financial Crimes Detectives at 886-2840.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer found these two pieces on an ATM Machine which are believed to be used for a scam
A Corpus Christi Police Officer found these two pieces on an ATM Machine which are believed to be used for a scam. This shows the back of the green piece which has electronics believed to store card information.
This is a front view of the green piece which is where the ATM cards are slid into the machine.
This is a front view of the green piece added to the ATM by suspected scammers which is where the ATM cards are slid into the machine.

To reduce the risk of this type of criminal activity, the public should have the habit of using the same ATM machines in order to be familiar with the machine and recognize when there are alterations to the machine they use. Never rely on the help of a stranger to retrieve a confiscated or stuck ATM card. Do not use an ATM where people loiter nearby. Beware of ATM machines with an unusually large amount of warnings or signs as those may conceal extra parts used for scams. If you use an unfamiliar ATM, it is best to use one in a building such as a bank, and look over it carefully for any parts that may be “add ons” and not installed by the manufacturer. If you notice any alterations to the ATM, notify the local law enforcement agency right away.