CARY (WTVD) --Cary police say they are hoping to swipe out a credit card cloner before another person's financial identification gets stolen.
Since March 1, at least eight victims have reported that their credit or debit cards have had money withdrawn from their accounts despite having their cards in their possession.
Authorities say most of the instances happened on March 1st and 2nd, between 1-4 p.m. at various CashPoints ATM machines, as well as at Bank of America and Wells Fargo ATM locations.
The suspect is described as a man between the ages of 25 and 40-years-old with an average to heavy-set build, and standing between 5'7" to 5'11" tall.
He was seen in ATM surveillance video with a thick mustache, large glasses and a dark overcoat with a gray hood. The camera also recorded him leaving an ATM in a new silver, four-door car.
"Our plea is two-fold: please, monitor your bank accounts for any unusual or fraudulent activities; secondly, when using an ATM, take note of your surroundings and quickly report any suspicious persons or activities around the machine," said Capt. Randall Rhyne of Cary's Criminal Investigations Division.
Detectives are working with officials at the Wake County Sheriff's Office and Raleigh Police Department on several other incidents that match the Cary cases.
- In the meantime, the FBI suggests the following tips at avoid theft:
- Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.
- When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
- If possible, use an ATM at an inside location.
- If your card isn't returned after the transaction or after hitting "cancel," immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636.
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