2017-02-22 / Front Page

Cops Hunt Woodside ATM ‘Skimmers’

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for two men who installed skimming devices on ATM machines at a Woodside bank on February 11.

Cops said the two suspects walked into an HSBC Bank branch at 51-20 Northern Boulevard at about 1 p.m. on February 14, where they were captured on surveillance footage installing the devices.

The NYPD and the Queens District Attorney’s office have issued numerous warnings to Queens residents, advising them to check ATM machines for the skimmers before they conduct a transaction.

Queens police officials said the skinners have become a “major issue” in neighborhoods throughout the borough. Thieves use the skimmers to collect debit and credit card numbers, PIN numbers and other sensitive information from cards used by unsuspecting victims, police said.

“You can check for the skimmers by pulling down hard on the ATM machine before you install your card,” police said. “Or you can ask the bank manager to check the machine, or call police to check it.”

Police would not say if the skimmers installed at the Woodside bank branch recorded any sensitive information before they were shut down.

The thieves are described as white or Hispanic males, about 40-years-old. One of the men was wearing a dark-colored winter jacket and striped, knit hat while he installed the skimmers. His accomplice was wearing a light-colored, hooded winter jacket, a dark-colored baseball cap and had a bag hung over his shoulder while he watched his partner install the devices, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.






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