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Crime Tracker: ATM Scam Hits North Spokane

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KHQ.COM - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says thieves have hit five ATMs in Spokane County.  Deputy Craig Chamberlain says the criminals are gluing the "cancel" button down in hopes the ATM will hold customer's cards at the end of a transaction.  The idea, he says, is that customers will leave their card with the belief it is stuck and that the criminal will then move in to take cash from the activated account.  Deputy Chamberlain says it's especially important to make sure your transaction is completely finished before you leave the machine.

The Sheriff's Office has also seen card readers attached to ATMs.  Thieves glue their own card reader onto the machine, which records your account information.  Deputy Craig says if the reader looks suspicious or tampered with, to yank on the device to ensure it is actually part of the machine.  He says the best bet is to avoid using any machine that looks as though it's been tampered with to fully ensure the safety of your bank account.

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