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Bronxville PD Issues Warnings for ATM Use

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Bronxville Police are investigating a crime that occurred at the HSBC Bank on Pondfield Road.

A skimmer and hidden camera were discovered last weekend illegally installed in the ATM. According to Chief Christopher Satriale, the devices are used to capture debit card numbers and personal identification numbers.

The devices were discovered by a customer and were removed by police. Customers who had conducted transactions while the equipment was in place have been contacted by the bank.

As a precaution , Satriale offered some suggestions. First, when using an ATM, before you put your card in the slot, put your hand on the slot and wiggle it. ATMs without skimmers will not wiggle at all. If there is a skimmer, the slot will seem loose. (The skimmer might even pop off into your hands.) If it does seem loose, you should alert the bank so they can check into it further.

Second, to prevent "shoulder-surfers" who might be trying to steal your PIN, always place your free hand over the hand that's punching in the numbers. This will also prevent any camera that was installed from recording your PIN #.

Bronxville Police Sgt. Steven Gallo said the investigation is ongoing.

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