An ATM "skimmer" was detected on an ATM at the 7-11 convenience store on Commerce Street in Yorktown and that device may have been on the machine for as long as 10 days before being detected, Yorktown police said.
The scam occurred within the week of Oct. 3 through Oct. 10 and the device was discovered on Oct. 7.
Yorktown police said people should be reminded to take the time to look closely at the ATM prior to using the machine and familiarize themselves with potentially identifying a skimming device.
Police recommend using a web search engine and typing in ‘how to spot an ATM skimming device’ which will give you the basic information on how to protect yourself against this scam.
"Also, when utilizing an ATM machine, always place your free hand above the keypad when typing in your pin code," Yorktown police Lt. Robert Noble said. "Skimming devices usually contain a small camera that will record your pin code through a pinhole."
If you believe you are the victim of a crime of this nature report it to your local police department immediately, police said.