BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are looking for two men after a series of incidents in which skimming devices were placed on bank ATMs in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.
Police say since mid-August a bank in Bethesda and a bank in Chevy Chase two suspects placed skimming devices on ATMs at each bank. Police say the devices recorded account numbers, and those numbers were later used fraudulently.
Tuesday, police released surveillance photos of the two suspects. You can see them attached to this article.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects' identity is asked to call the Financial Crimes Section at 240-773-6330 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment.
Police gave these tips to prevent becoming a victim of a similar crime:
•Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you notice that any parts are loose, crooked, or damaged or if you notice scratches or adhesive or tape residue on the device.
•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 that is located inside of the bank as these machines are less accessible to criminals to install skimmers.
•If the ATM is located inside the bank and your card is required to access the inside, check the card reader prior to swiping your card.
•Use caution when using ATMs in tourist areas. These machines are popular targets of skimmers.
•If your card is not returned after the transaction or after hitting "cancel", immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card.
•Beware of "shoulder surfers" - individuals behind you who may be looking over your shoulder to obtain your PIN number.
Police say if you are suspicious of a device, do not use it, and notify the financial institution immediately or call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.