GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A fourth bank in the Glens Falls area has fallen victim to card skimming.
“I don’t want to have to worry about somebody wiping out our account, and then you have to deal with tracking that down and identity theft,” April Chase, of Queensbury, said.
That’s what happened to hundreds of customers at the Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union in Glens Falls after a skimming device was placed on the drive-thru ATM.
CEO Anthony LaPointe said the device was in the ATM from June 25 to July 2.
“And that skimming device was capturing card numbers, expiration dates, and personal identification numbers,” he said.
The security cameras caught two guys inserting the skimmer into the ATM, checking on it about four hours later, and eventually coming to remove it. Skimming devices are becoming so sophisticated trained eyes didn’t spot it.
“We had staff use our ATM machine,” LaPointe said. “Nobody saw anything.”
In the time the device was in the ATM, 321 cards were used. The bank was able to block the affected cards and reimbursed money to anyone who was targeted.
It’s still a scary thought for people.
“You would think the bank would be pretty secure, but it’s not,” Bill Chase, of Queensbury, said.
“Definitely something is going on that it’s happening so often so quickly,” April said.
Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union is the fourth bank in the Glens Falls area to be hit by card skimming since the end of February.
To ensure you don’t fall victim, check your accounts often. When using an ATM, keep an eye out for anything strange.
Anyone who recognizes the guys captured on security footage is asked to contact Glens Falls police immediately.