NYSP: 119 bank accounts compromised after skimming devices found

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police are looking to identify a man accused of placing credit card skimming devices in Warren and Saratoga Counties.

Between January 2017 and early April 2017, police said skimming devices were found at two bank locations in Glens Falls and at another bank location in Saratoga Springs.

According to police, bank accounts of 119 people were compromised by the skimming devices resulting in thousands of dollars in losses. Shortly after the account information was compromised, police said fraudulent withdrawals were made using ATMs in Albany, Schenectady, and Poughkeepsie areas.

All of the customers who were victimized were notified and reimbursed by the banks.

Dan Viglione, of Westchester, uses ATMs for their convenience. He takes several precautions to protect himself from falling victim to a skimmer.

“I know what the card reader looks like, and if there were anything else on it, I certainly wouldn’t use it,” he said.

He also only uses his bank’s ATM and goes during the daytime.

“We’ve just got to be on our guards, I guess,” he said.

John McIlrath, of the Warrensburg area, takes a few other steps.

“I hold a hand over the keypad,” he said. “I tug on the card thing to make sure there’s nothing attached over it.”

Both said there’s only so much they can do.

“Someone who’s really good at it is gonna be able to do it, so you’ve got to be as careful as you can,” Viglione said.

Anyone who has information about the case should contact the New York State Police Financial Crimes Unit at (518) 786-2192. 

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