Seven area residents reported to cops over the weekend that someone stole their TD Bank debit card information and withdrew money from various ATM machines in New York City.
In Westhampton Beach, four Westhampton Beach residents made individual reports to Westhampton Beach police. The residents, who all use the Westhampton Beach TD Bank, claimed that various amounts of money were taken from their accounts, between $502 to $1,021.
Similar reports were made to Southampton Town police.
According to police reports, a Westhampton resident called police on Feb. 2 to report that $709 was taken from her account; on Feb. 8, a Quoigue resident notified police that someone used his TD Bank Visa debit card to withdraw $822; and on Feb. 7, a Speonk woman called police to report that someone used debit card information to withdraw $1,493.
All said the money was withdrawn from various ATMs in New York City.
Both Southampton and Westhampton Beach Police said they are investigating and could not provide further detail on how the bank card information was obtained, but Westhampton Beach Police said they do not believe a skimmer device, which reads personal information off ATM cards and can capture personal codes on camera, was used in this case.
In , on an ATM at Chase Bank. In that incident, police said one resident claimed $5,000 was stolen and another said $2,600 was taken. Police are still investigating with the help of the U.S. Secret Service and the Southampton Town Police Department, but no arrests have been made to date.
Police recommend always shielding the ATM keypad from the view of cameras with a free hand while typing in a PIN.
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