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FBI releases video of ATM skimming suspect

Posted: Jun 13, 2018 3:15 PM Updated:

A social media post about a skimming device found on an ATM at the Micronesia Mall food court went viral overnight.  Now, the feds have released the accompanying surveillance footage in hopes a viewer at home can help identify the suspect.

Do you recognize this man? He's believed to be connected to the skimming device found on a Bank of Guam ATM earlier this month. A video was provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Guam Field Office and released to island media today.

The man is caught on camera placing the skimming device on June 5. The affected ATM was located at the Micronesia Mall food court and removed immediately after the skimmer was discovered. KUAM files show the reporting party went straight to police -  but not before being approached by the suspect who insisted that he take the device to police. He eventually walked away without incident.

Witness Carmelita Bernal spoke to KUAM this afternoon. She had been in line to withdraw cash when she observed the woman in front of her struggling to retrieve her card from the machine. That's when the skimming device fell out.

Bernal took several photos and posted on social media to warn others, saying, "The reason why I posted that is so other people can be aware to check the ATM before they insert their card...you can't really tell that the cover is different because its' really the same as the one on the ATM."

"I thought it's not happening here in Guam."

ATM skimming, the FBI reports, costs U.S. banks hundreds of millions of dollars annually and affects thousands of bank customers. If you have any information on this suspect, you are urged to call the FBI Guam Office at 645-1809. All tips are welcome and will be treated as confidential.

Meanwhile, the public is urged to stay vigilant. The FBI has released the following tips to avoid falling victim to skimming:

-Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.

-When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.

-If possible, use an ATM at an inside location (less access for criminals to install skimmers).

-Be careful of ATMs in tourist areas... they are a popular target of skimmers.

-If your card is not returned after the transaction or after hitting "cancel," immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card.

In an earlier statement from Bank of Guam, they report all their  ATMs have been inspected and no other machines were affected by the skimming devices.

Again, the number to call if you have any information on this suspect is 645-1809.

You can also call Guam Crimestoppers at 477-HELP (4357).

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