ATM skimmers found in Altamonte Mall

Altamonte police: 2 ATMs tampered with inside mall


ATLAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Altamonte police have a warning for shoppers after ATM skimmers were found at Altamonte Mall.

The skimming devices are designed to get your personal information when you swipe your bank card at the ATM. There are no reported victims but police said anyone who has used their cards at the two mall Cardtronics machines should be vigilant.

Altamonte Springs police say two ATMs were tampered with inside of the Altamonte Mall.

"You always think about someone trying to take your identity or your card numbers," said shopper Jeff. "If there are tons of people and they are using their credit cards, that is where they are going to go."

Police said this week a shopper removed one of the skimmers and alerted mall security. Officers walked over the other machine in the mall and found a device there, too.

"I thought, 'Oh, that's really scary,' because how many times have people done that especially during Christmas when everybody is stopping to try to get some extra money out," said shopper Anne Pennington, who found out about it.

Officers said they have no surveillance video to help investigators. At this point they are now analyzing the skimmers to see exactly how they were operating whether they were collecting data collecting data and transmitting it.

Shoppers who have used these ATMs in the past 48 hours should be vigilant and monitor their bank accounts for signs of unauthorized withdrawals. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the customer's financial institution immediately, as well as the Altamonte Springs Police Department. Inquiries regarding the ATM withdrawal transactions can be directed to Cardtronics at 800-851-4751.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Altamonte Springs Police Department or call CrimeLine at 800-432-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.