OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) — Oak Bluffs police say the FBI is now involved in the investigation of an ATM scam that may have netted the suspects nearly $200,000 already.
Lt. Timothy Williamson said two men placed a device on the card reader of an ATM in the Martha's Vineyard town and a small camera to record personal identification numbers. He says the information can be transferred to blank cards and used to make unlawful withdrawals from other ATMs.
So far, victims have reported more than $180,000 stolen from across the country and Williamson tells the Cape Cod Times that is expected to grow.
Police believe the card skimmers were set up on multiple days between mid-July through Aug 10.
The bank has 150 customers, but police believe thousands of accounts were compromised. Police have released surveillance photos of the suspects.Police believe after the cards were skimmed, it took a little while for the fake cards to be made up, then from Sept 1 through Sept 4, the suspects used the cards to start withdrawing money.
Police are tracking the fake cards to three cities: Indianapolis, Chicago and New York.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oak Bluffs Police Dept. at 508-693-0750.