Skimmers found on Salina bank ATMs

Photo of the ATM at the Sunflower Bank in Salina showing the skimmer device. (Photo courtesy of Salina Police Department)

SALINA, Kansas – Law enforcement report more credit card skimmers were found Friday on Kansas banks.

Thursday, KSN told you about one that was found on an ATM in Wichita.  Now, two more were discovered Friday afternoon at branches of a bank in Salina.

Police say the bank customer’s card slides through the skimmer first and then into the machine. A chip inside the skimmer device records information about the account without the knowledge of the customer.

A photo of the debit card skimmer device found on the Sunflower Bank in Salina on July 10, 2015.  The photo includes a picture of the pinhole camera that was found along with the skimmer. (Photo courtesy Salina PD)
A photo of the debit card skimmer device found on the Sunflower Bank in Salina on July 10, 2015. The photo includes a picture of the pinhole camera that was found along with the skimmer. (Photo courtesy Salina PD)

This is definitely something both Sunflower Bank and Salina police aren’t taking lightly.

Salina police say the skimmers were found on two of the drive-up ATM machines similar to this one.

Salina P-D says they were able to locate one of the skimmers, but the other one was gone before they arrived.

These devices are known to read the magnetic strip on your card and can steal things like your financial information and pin-code.

Mark Grant, the director of marketing for Sunflower Bank, says he is unsure how many people have been impacted by these devices.  But, he believes it will be pretty minimal due to the fact the skimmers were found so quickly.

“Our customers’ security, their information is very important to us, which is one of the reasons we acted so quickly,” said Grant.  “We’re reaching out and we’re cooperating fully with police.”

If you believe your information could have been affected by the skimmers at any of these locations, you are urged to visit Sunflower Bank’s website, https://www.sunflowerbank.com/, or contact their Call Center at (888)-827-5564.

To help reduce your chances of an ATM skimming incident, all ATM users can review and follow these important tips:

  • Pay attention to your bank accounts – Regularly monitor your bank account information and report any suspicious transactions immediately. To report suspicious activity on your Sunflower Bank debit card, call 888.827.5564. If your debit card is from another financial institution, please contact them directly to report any suspicious activity or change your PIN.
  • Cover the keys – Always use your hand to shield your PIN from view when entering your PIN number on any card reading device.
  • Be vigilant and keep your eyes open – Check out the card slot prior to using a card device. Look for anything that looks out of place or unusual or for a false slot attached to the original card slot. It could stick out further or look newer that the machine.
  • When in doubt, don’t use – Do not use an ATM if the card reader appears to be added on, is loose or fits poorly. Remember, if it looks suspicious, do not use the ATM.
  • Examine they keypad – Look to see if the keypad appears thick or different from how it usually looks if you used the machine before. It could be an overlay over the real keypad.
  • Trust your instinct – If something seems out of the ordinary, report to the bank staff. Do not remove any suspected skimming device.

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