Marshfield residents report ATM rip-offs

Marshfield residents report ATM rip-offs
Marshfield residents report ATM rip-offs

MARSHFIELD – At least four Marshfield residents have reported losing hundreds of dollars from their bank accounts since Saturday, all related to suspicious withdrawals from ATMs, police say.

All four victims were customers of Simplicity Credit Union, which is aware that an ATM was potentially compromised and is working with local police on the investigation, said Sandy Rindfleisch, vice president of finance. Rindfleisch also said other financial institutions in the area were reporting similar problems. She recommended everyone check their accounts, regardless of which bank or credit union they use.

“If anybody notices anything, they should contact their financial institution to report the activities on their accounts,” Rindfleisch said Monday. “We do know it wasn’t only our ATM in his area.”

A Marshfield woman reported Saturday someone used her credit card number to withdraw $400 from an ATM in Madison, according to a police report. The woman also had a $2.75 ATM charge for the transaction. On Sunday, a Marshfield man reported someone had withdrawn $403 from his account using an ATM in Milwaukee, according to reports. The man said he did not use his bank card online and only at Simplicity ATMs, according to reports.

A Marshfield business owner reported someone took $807 from his account sometime between Saturday and Sunday, according to reports. The fourth call came in from a Marshfield woman who reported someone had taken $707 from her account.

As of late Monday morning, police were aware of only the four victims from Simplicity, Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza said.

Police have learned that someone has placed skimming devices on Marshfield-area ATMs, according to a police news release. The devices go over the top of the actual card reader, capture credit and debit card information and create a new card, according to the release.

Local bank and credit union officials checked their ATMs Sunday night and there currently are no skimming devices on them, Gramza said.

“I would make the recommendation that all citizens and visitors frequently check their accounts for unauthorized transactions, not only at this time of year, but year-round,” he said.

People who find their accounts have had fraudulent activity should report it to their financial institution immediately and fill out the required paperwork to get their money back, Rindfleisch said.

People should check any ATM or fuel pump card reader before using it and report to the financial institution or service station anything unusual they see, Gramza said.

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