Chief James Avens said in a statement the customer discovered the keypad had a cover over it. It was later discovered the cover had a camera attached to it so keystrokes and customer PINs could be observed.
The customer discovered something out of sorts with the machine around 2 p.m. Sunday. Avens said it is not yet clear how long the keypad cover and card skimmer had been in the machine.
Avens said the police department has received one call of someone’s financial information being used by another but it was not immediately clear whether it could be linked to the placement of the skimmer.
The police department is sharing the information with other law enforcement agencies and is working in conjunction with State Employee’s Credit Union on the matter.
Officer Noland Coles responded to the location of the machine after the customer noticed something was wrong.
Police contacted SECU which dispatched a technician to the location.The technician removed the skimmer from the machine.
The skimmer records the financial information associated with the account.
The Weldon CashPoints, which is in the vicinity of the former Interstate Inn is a “very popular” ATM, Avens said.
Avens said people using ATMs should exercise caution and be observant. “Most ATMs don’t have a cover on the keypad.”
If unsure or if something looks out of place, he said it is better to conduct transactions inside a financial institution.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 252-536-3136 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.