PIN Thieves

By WEEK Reporter

August 2, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 4:24 AM CDT

A global scam is making a local appearance.

For the last two years, crooks around the world have been using computers to steal people's banking information from ATMs.

Currently, two men are in custody at the Peoria County Jail for allegedly attaching a card reading device to a local ATM machine.

Called "ATM skimming", criminals attach devices to ATMs that scan your card number and pin as you try go about your banking.

On Sunday, police arrested Svetoslav Nachev and Petar Petrovski for illegal use of a scanning device with intention to defraud.

Police say a customer called police after she couldn't get her card to read and thought the ATM machine looked different.

When they arrived, they noticed the two Chicago men sitting in a car watching the ATM.

Police say this kind of sophisticated scamming is more common in large cities.

"It looked like they were part of the ATM, because they just fit right up over the top of what was existing," described Officer Doug Burgess. "One read your card, the other one took a picture of the pin number as you put it in. It is something we've never seen before, whether it is happening in big cities, I don't know."

The real problem now is police have no idea how many customers' information may have been stolen and fear it could be far reaching.

Peoria Police have called the Secret Service and the FBI to assist in the investigation.

If you used the Commerce Bank ATM at Knoxville and Virginia Avenue recently and you've noticed money missing from your account, Commerce Bank says you need to call the Peoria Police at 673-4521.

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