Detectives are looking for a man who allegedly attached a skimming device onto an ATM in the lobby of a Bayside bank last fall.
The crook allegedly attached the skimmer at the Atlantic Bank branch located at 41-11 Bell Blvd. at about 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, before the branch opened that morning.
According to police, a bank employee — upon opening shop — discovered the device and contacted corporate headquarters and the 111th Precinct.
Sources familiar with the investigation indicated that the perpetrator sought is believed to be part of an identity theft ring operating in Queens known to attach skimmers onto ATMs in order to obtain the bank account information of unsuspecting users. The ring then uses the information obtained to make fraudulent purchases and cash withdrawals.
Police did not indicate the number of accounts, if any, that may have been compromised as a result of the Sept. 23 incident.
The NYPD reminds readers to exercise caution when using ATMs, such as by covering the keypad with one hand as you enter your PIN; being aware of any suspicious-looking persons both inside and outside an ATM location; and fully complete your transaction before leaving, including obtaining a receipt. Persons should also not swipe their card into any machine that appears to have a broken or compromised card reader.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.