Fairfax County police are looking for the people who placed a skimmer on an ATM machine at the Inova Fairfax Hospital Cardiac Care Center some time in August.
Lucy Caldwell, a county police spokeswoman, said detectives believe the device was placed on the machine in late August. A customer who contacted security immediately spotted the skimming device on the ATM machine at the hospital, Caldwell said.
Caldwell said police don’t know how many people were affected. Thousands of dollars have been stolen from the accounts of people who used the machine since August. Police removed the device Wednesday, Caldwell said.
“Anybody who has used that ATM is potentially a victim,” Caldwell said. “It is important for people to check their accounts frequently.”
Police started looking into this issue after complaints about fraudulent expenses started coming in from victims. Caldwell said the alleged suspects primarily used the accounts to get cash from other ATM machines.
Police say this crime is on the rise and they urge people that have used the machine in late August through Sept. 12, 2012 to check their statements closely. If there is a discrepancy, people should contact their bank and police at 703-691-2131. They may also make an online report or learn more about financial crime scams at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/financialcrimes/.