ATM SKIMMING ARREST MADE IN CALIFORNIA
A San Diego has been accused of “skimming” personal identifying information (PII) from bank customers’ ATM cards. According to authorities, a skimmer was placed on a bank door and allowed an identity thief to take thousands of ATM users’ personal identifying numbers (PINs). The alleged identity thief, Daniel Axinte, was charged with over 40 counts of identity theft. Axinte was being held on $1 million bail.
Authorities also discovered the identity thief had installed cameras in the ATM area that were used to record customers typing in their PIN numbers. Almost 1,000 ATM cards are believed to have been compromised because of the elaborate identity theft plan.
Skimming devices are becoming a major problem for consumers. Skimmers can be installed easily and quickly on ATM machines. Handheld skimmers can also be used to record restaurant patrons’ credit or debit card information. Once recorded, the information is often sold and used on homemade cards to perpetuate fraud.
Consumers should regularly review their credit card statements for unauthorized charges. You have a right under federal law to dispute unauthorized credit card charges. You also have a right to a free credit report if you believe you are a victim of fraud or identity theft.
If you believe you may be a victim of identity theft, then contact identity theft attorney Micah Adkins.
If you are an attorney and you have been contacted by a client regarding an identity theft matter, contact Micah Adkins to discuss how we may assist you and your client.
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