EL SEGUNDO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a card reader was found attached to an ATM at a 7-Eleven in El Segundo Monday.
Officers were called to the store located at 100 W. Imperial Avenue around 12:40 p.m.READ MORE: LAX Runway, 2 Taxiways Reopen After $17.3 Million Renovation
A skimming device was discovered attached to the ATM machine, police said.
Authorities said an unknown suspect(s) had covertly attached a card reader and small camera to the ATM. With these devices, a thief would be able to capture the credit/debit card number and PIN and allow anyone to steal money from their accounts.
It is unknown how long the devices were in place.
Officials advise anyone that used this machine to carefully review financial records.READ MORE: Huntington Beach Installs Beach Access-Mat Near Pier Providing Greater Access For People With Limited Mobility
Police want to remind the public to be aware of any ATMs that appear suspicious.
• 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.
• Pull or shake the card receptacle to see if it comes loose.Some skimmers are applied to the ATM with double-sided tape or adhesive.MORE NEWS: Pasadena, Long Beach Enact Eased Yellow Tier Rules Including Reopening Of Indoor Bars; LA County Waits For Thursday
• When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from documenting the number.