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Police warn of possible ATM skimmers in Carytown

Posted at 11:24 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 23:28:42-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond police are issuing a warning after three separate reports of possible ATM skimming in Carytown between last Saturday and Tuesday.

When it comes to using an ATM card one shopper told CBS 6 she doesn't want to take a chance.

"I prefer just going directly to the bank when I need money," Jennifer Wampler said. But not everyone is like Jennifer, which is why Richmond police have issued the warning.

"I can see why they would see this as an opportunistic place to skim," said one shopper.

ATM skimming Carytown

One victim told police his credit card information was somehow taken and used to withdraw money at an ATM in the 3400 block of West Cary Street.

Another victim reported on that same day that her card was used to get cash in the 3200 block of West Cary. A third victim reported the same story at an ATM in the 3500 block of West Cary.

"Given the time of year it is, I'm not super surprised about the concentrated number of it," said another shopper.

Police say to prevent becoming a victim, always check the card device before using it to see if it's loose. Police also say don't be afraid to pull or tug to make sure the device is legitimate. Police are still investigating these cases.