The Secret Service has apprehended an alleged ring of ATM skimmer crooks in eastern Massachusetts. The group set up skimmers with pinhole cameras on Bank of America and Citizens Bank ATMs in the greater Boston area. According to authorities, when one of the suspects was caught, he had almost $100,000 in twenties in his possession.
The Secret Service learned in December that a Bank of America ATM in Saugus had been rigged with the scanner device, called a skimmer, and a pinhole camera, according to a court affidavit from a Secret Service agent. A surveillance photo showed Vladev attaching the skimmer, the affidavit said. Another photo allegedly showed Hristov removing the camera.
Authorities were informed on Jan. 22 of ATM tampering at Citizens Bank locations in Quincy, Milton, Braintree, and Somerville, the affidavit said. Surveillance photos showed the same men at the Citizens locations, according to the affidavit.
Three days later, photos showed the men rigging Bank of America ATM machines in Saugus, Milton, Weymouth, Cambridge, Dorchester, and Roslindale, the affidavit said.
Watch your statements carefully if you think you may have used ATMs at any of these locations.
Two more arrested in alleged ATM scheme [Boston Globe] (Thanks, Greg!)