Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Following a number of ATM scams in the county, Washington Mutual is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of some suspected scam artists.
Lawrenceville Police Department Capt. Greg Vaughn said someone has been placing skimming devices on ATMs in Lawrenceville and Norcross to obtain account information and PINs.
"They put it on and they leave it and it either downloads the information and the PIN or it sends the information with a wireless signal," Vaughn said. "Either way it collects the data."
Vaughn confirmed one branch located on Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville was targeted but could not provide the exact location of the other banks.
While other banks could have been hit, Vaughn said police have only received reports from Washington Mutual.
The scammers reportedly used the account retrieval devices at the banks multiple times throughout the month of September. An estimated number of victims was not available from police.
Vaughn said the department has been referring possible victims to WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME, a confidential, nonprofit crime collection organization. The organization will forward the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency, according to their Web site.
Messages were left with bank officials, but calls were not returned before press time Monday.
Vaughn said Washington Mutual is refunding clients of the money lost throughout the string of thefts.