Three men were arrested Thursday on charges of using a skimming device at a bank ATM in Osceola County, according to deputies.
The men, 36, 22, and 38 were arrested during a traffic stop. Investigators said the men were seen removing a skimming device from the ATM.
An investigation apparently began Oct. 20 after suspicious activity was reported at a SunTrust Bank located in Celebration.
All three men were booked into the Osceola County Jail.
Credit and debit card skimming is a form of theft that can happen in many different ways. The most common way is stealing personal information through ATMs. How does it work? High tech devices are installed on ATM machines that see a high volume of customers so that every time a person uses their card, their information gets stored on the device. A magnetic card reading device is installed on top of the ATM’s card reader, which looks identical to the real ATM reader underneath them, which is why customers do not usually pay them any mind.
The skimming device does not interrupt the ATM’s normal functions, so customers can still withdraw their cash, but remain unaware that their data has been stolen. While a person is sliding their card into the device to get cash, the skimming device saves and stores the card information.
If you or someone you know is facing skimming theft or fraud charges, please note that the consequences could be very serious. It is best to contact an Osceola County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today to find out what legal assistance is available to you. Call us today at 866-608-5529 to schedule your consultation.