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WPD Seek Help Identifying Credit Card Skimmer Suspects

For Immediate Release: 3/22/2017 11:02 am

Worcester, MA (March 22, 2017) - Worcester police detectives are seeking help from the public in identifying two suspects who placed a skimming device on a debit/credit card reader at the self-checkout at a local Stop & Shop. (please see photo on WPD social media sites https://www.facebook.com/WorcesterPolice  @WorcesterPD)

On March 9, 2017 at approximately 7:53 PM Worcester Police were dispatched to the Stop & Shop located at 541 Lincoln Street for a report of Fraud. Officers spoke with an employee at the store who informed them that a credit/debit card “skimmer” had been recovered from one of the registers. A skimmer is a device that’s installed over the card slot at a payment card reader. It is designed to look like a normal part of the machine, but it will record information from the magnetic strip on your credit card or debit card when you swipe.

The skimmer was discovered when a customer in the self-checkout aisle attempted to swipe a debit card through the card reader. The skimmer fell from the surface of the key pad.

During the investigation police reviewed surveillance video and observed two suspects installing the skimmer on February 27th. The suspects were also captured on surveillance video two days prior pulling off the rubber policy shield that surrounds the authentic Stop and Shop credit/debit card reader in the same checkout aisle.

Customers are advised to check their bank statements for possible fraudulent transactions.

If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

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