ATM Skimmer Thieves hit Dickson bank, use information in Nashville area

Suspects seen applying a skimmer device to an ATM machine at a Dickson bank are being sought by local authorities as well as law enforcement in the Nashville and Heritage area, according to Dickson Police.

A skimmer is a device that acetates to or above a card reader and can obtain a person’s information either through slipping a card into the skimmer or by images obtained from tiny cameras.

According to Dickson Police Detective Kirk Davidson, the most recent Dickson ATM skimmer was used on March 16 for approximately three hours at the 1901 Highway 46 South branch of TriStar Bank before the suspect removed the device.

Customers whose information was obtained by the skimmer were contacted and their accounts were refunded.

“TriStar took care of the customers as soon as they discovered the skimmer,” Davidson said, “The bank is the victim in this case.”

Davidson says the case is still ongoing and has even located video of the suspects involved in the Nashville and Hermitage area using skimmed information.

If you believe you may have been affected by this fraud, TriStar is asking you to call 615-446-7100.

The bank provided some tips to avoid skimmers at ATMS or gas pumps:

-Look before you insert your card. Wiggle the ATM card reader to see if it’s loose. Be wary if it’s hard to insert your card.

-Take a good look at the keyboard and card reader.  If something looks different from the last time you used the ATM, notify the bank.

-Use fuel pumps and ATMs in safe places. Consider paying inside, with cash or a credit card, rather than at the pump.