Card ‘skimmer’ found near 7-Eleven ATM

By: Brian Louwers, | Warren Weekly | Published February 7, 2017

WARREN — Failed tape or an observant customer likely thwarted further fraud, but police are looking for a suspect and any possible victims after a device designed to steal your cash was found near an ATM at a Warren 7-Eleven store.

According to police, customers alerted an employee at the store on Dequindre at 11 Mile Road after they found a molded plastic card “skimmer” near the machine at 6:12 p.m. Feb. 4.

“There was a green plastic ATM card slot cover that had a microchip attached to the back,” Warren Police Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said. “Apparently, it was sitting on the face of the ATM. We’re not sure how many people used it before it was discovered.”

 “Skimmers” work by recording card numbers that can be retrieved later and used to steal funds from unsuspecting ATM users. Warren police said this plastic card slot cover, equipped with a microchip, was likely affixed over the existing card slot on the ATM inside of 7-Eleven at 11 Mile and Dequindre.

“Skimmers” work by recording card numbers that can be retrieved later and used to steal funds from unsuspecting ATM users. Warren police said this plastic card slot cover, equipped with a microchip, was likely affixed over the existing card slot on the ATM inside of 7-Eleven at 11 Mile and Dequindre.

Photo provided by the Warren Police Department

Eidt said the device would be sent for possible fingerprint identification and that detectives were exploring the possibility of securing video evidence that could show the suspect and any potential victims.

The devices work by recording card numbers that can be retrieved later and used to steal funds from unsuspecting ATM users.

Detective Jodi Walny, the officer in charge of the investigation, said the plastic cover equipped with a microchip doesn’t keep the ATM from functioning, but simply records data from cards that are used. For unsuspecting customers, the machine would appear to function normally and cash could be withdrawn.

Walny said it was unclear if the device was removed by another customer or if it simply fell off. She recommended anyone using an ATM to be wary of suspicious equipment that appears improperly attached.   

Potential victims who used the ATM or anyone with information about the placement of the device can reach Walny at (586) 574-4729.