HPD: Skimming devices discovered on 2 bank ATMs

HPD: Skimming devices discovered on 2 bank ATMs
The skimming devices are barely detectable. (Photo source: WDAM)
The skimming devices are barely detectable. (Photo source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police are investigating after credit card skimming devices were found on two BancorpSouth outdoor ATMs on Friday morning.

According to HPD spokesman Ryan Moore, skimmers were found on the drive-thru ATM at the BancorpSouth branch at 4650 Hardy Street and on another ATM at the branch located at 3101 Hardy Street.

Moore said both devices were taken as evidence, and the investigation is ongoing.

The use of credit card skimmers to gather information from unsuspecting customers at ATMs and gas pumps has increased over the past few years.

Skimmers are attached to existing card readers on ATMs and gas pumps and scan information when the victim inserts their card.

According to BancorpSouth, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from skimmer fraud.

  • Carefully inspect the payment terminal before inserting your card. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t use it.
  • Cover the keypad as you enter your pin
  • At gas stations, always use the pumps that are in the view of the station attendant
  • Set up alerts on your bank accounts to catch suspicious activity early

Any BancorpSouth customers who feel they are a victim of skimmer fraud should call 1-888-797-7711.