Man Arrested for Bank of America ATM Skimming

  • Fraud Prevention, Legislation

We haven't heard much about ATM skimming lately, but police have arrested a man in association with ATM skimming, which is tough to spot sometimes.

After Bank of America employees made a report to the local police to report a possible ATM skimming device on one of their ATMs, an investigation began. Upon the end of the investigation, Ahmet Cilek was arrested.

ATM skimming is where a device is placed over the ATM keypad, so it looks like it is a part of the machine. This makes fraud prevention difficult because many of the skimmers fit the ATM machine seamlessly.

A fraud prevention tip is to try to go to the same ATM because this will make it easier for you to tell if something is not quite right. The changes can be minor, so it is best to pay close attention as you go up to the ATM. The colors on the keypad may be different, the size of the keys may be a little bigger or smaller, or the layout is different.

If you notice a change in the ATM, do not use it. Then contact the bank to see if they have made any changes to the ATM machine. While they may have made an update to the system, it is better to be cautious than to have your debit card information stolen.