Suspects identified, charges pending in Shoals ATM skimming case

Suspects identified, charges pending in Shoals ATM skimming case
The Listerhill Credit Union reports there were ATM skimmers found at two locations in the Shoals area over the weekend
(Source: Florence Police Department)
(Source: Florence Police Department)

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) - Muscle Shoals police believe they know who's behind the ATM skimmers found at Listerhill Credit Union.

Muscle Shoals Police Chief Clint Reck said they have identified the suspects as two juvenile Romanian nationals. Charges have been filed.

At this time, the suspects are not yet in custody. They are believed to be in Nashville, Tennessee.

Reck said the charges are a result of the cooperation between between agencies and are based on intelligence gained from a December arrest of the suspects by Killen police.

The case has been turned over to the Colbert County Juvenile Probation Division.

The case started on Jan. 28 when Florence police received a call concerning a credit card skimmer that had been placed on the ATM at Listerhill Credit Union on Hough Road.

Investigators said the skimmer was on the ATM for approximately three hours. They are not sure how many ATM users used the ATM during that time but are working with Listerhill to make sure they locate any victims.

They are also working with Muscle Shoals Police Department since they also located a skimmer on one of the ATMs.

The Listerhill Credit Union says ATM skimmers were found that weekend at two local branches in the Shoals area. The first is located at 915 Woodward Ave. in Muscle Shoals and the other at the Florence branch on 2995 Hough Rd.

According to the press release issued, the impacted machines have been removed and a thorough inspection of all their ATMs has been conducted.

The fraudulent skimmers were on the two ATMs for less than three hours on Sunday morning, January 28, 2018. During this period, 48 cards were used in the two affected ATMs.

"We take our responsibility to safeguard the personal information that you have entrusted to us, seriously," says Brad Green, president and CEO of Listerhill Credit Union.

"We will be working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident and communicating directly with members who have been affected."

ATM skimming is being seen across the country. Unfortunately, this incident is only one of many that have impacted the community in recent years. Listerhill Credit Union is continuing to take measures to prevent this from occurring.

They say it's also important for members to remain vigilant when making card transactions at ATMs and other places with card readers, such as gas pumps.

Listerhill Credit Union members who experience fraudulent transactions as a result of this incident will not be liable for any fraudulent charges.

Tips to avoid becoming a victim of skimming:
  • Notice your surroundings. Check ATMs for anything that looks out of place before inserting your card. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, damaged or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue. If an ATM/card reader looks or seems suspicious, walk away. Report this to the financial institution or law enforcement.
  • Scrutinize the size of the card slot. When you insert your card, it should go in smoothly, without force.
  • Cover your PIN. When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent a possible hidden camera from recording your number.
  • Review your accounts. Regularly review your account with Listerhill Credit Union online banking or mobile banking and report unauthorized withdrawals or transactions right away.

If you, or anyone you know, has any information that can assist with this investigation, please contact Florence Police Department at 256-760-6504 or text a tip to 274637 using keyword "FPDTIP", plus the message.

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