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Suspect in ATM Skimming Operation Arrested

Posted: Aug 08, 2018 10:12 AM Updated:

His face fit the bill. Bank of Guam released surveillance images on Monday showing a man wearing a blue cap and sunglasses at one of their ATMs. The following day, the suspect was arrested. 27-year-old Nikola Marinelli isn't from Guam, but the length of his stay now indefinite.

The Italian man was apparently out on Tuesday at a Tamuning restaurant when a vigilant bank staffer recognized him and called police.

Marinelli was brought to GPD Tiyan Headquarters for interviewing. That's where police learned he was the man behind the skimming devices discovered at the Micronesia Mall on August 2nd and Subway in Agat on August 4th.

But, that's not all.

Marinelli apparently was also caught carrying a number of fraudulent credit cards.

It's unclear if Marinelli was responsible for a third skimming incident back in June, also involving a Bank of Guam ATM.

The FBI and U.S. Secret Service were also involved in these investigations.

Bank of Guam has confirmed that it was a bank manager who was on his way home picking up pizza for his family when he spotted Marinelli. Bank Interim President and CEO Joaquin Cook states, "The recent series of events heightens our attention to cybercrime invading our community. The best defense is to stay informed and be cautious when using your payment card and PIN...by being an informed and engaged consumer, we can all play an important role in cybersecurity and fight against fraud."

Don't fall victim to skimming. As a reminder, always inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit reader before using it, block your PIN number, and try to use ATMs in an inside location.

If your card is not returned after the transaction or after hitting "cancel", call your bank immediately.

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