Police warning public about credit card skimmer found at Odessa bank

Police warning public about credit card skimmer found at Odessa bank

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Odessa police are warning customers of one Odessa bank after a credit card skimmer was found on Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said they were informed of the device at an ATM located inside the First Convenience Bank in the 4200 block of North JBS Parkway.

A skimming device reads and stores information from the credit or debit card magnetic strips when a customer enters their card into an ATM.

Residents in the Permian Basin are worried because their personal information can be stolen with something as simple as a swipe of a card.

"Every time I swipe my card it makes me nervous," said concerned resident, Ron Schwope.

Police said the skimmer was placed last night and found in less than 24 hours, after a bank employee found a suspicious object on the ATM.

"Unfortunately it's becoming more common, we had an incident a few months ago at a few different bank locations. It seems like the people who are doing this are coming and going," said OPD Public Information Officer, Cpl. Steve LeSueur.

It is unknown if this incident is related to others that have happened recently but people say they have to pump gas and there aren't many ways to stay safe.

"It makes me really nervous to know that some guy right before me can just come stick something in the pump and next thing you know there's a charge," said concerned resident, Arron Dumas.

Police said the safest route is to run any debit cards as credit to avoid using your PIN number and even use cash if you can.

"I carry cash on me most of the time, I try to avoid using my card," said concerned resident, Brian Nicely.

"Usually the bank is the safest place to keep your money so this isn't good," said concerned resident, Daniel Miranda.

These skimmers can be installed in just about 30 seconds, can save credit or debit card numbers, the cardholder's name and even your PIN. Most skimmers can be located if you jostle the card reader but some are more advanced.

"All this technology now a days makes you scared about everything you do," said Nicely.

"I probably will pay inside now," said concerned resident, Rollie Rocha.

According to the report, police are asking any customers who used the ATM between Feb. 9, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. and February 10, 2016 at 3:10 p.m. to contact their bank and monitor their accounts for any fraudulent transactions.

If you have any information on this case, contact Odessa Police or Odessa Crime stoppers at (432) 333-TIPS.

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