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ATM skimming suspect hits bank in Leesburg

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Leesburg police say a suspect pictured in the upper three images placed a skimming device at a SunTrust Bank in Leesburg, Va. Leesburg police say a suspect pictured in the upper three images placed a skimming device at a SunTrust Bank in Leesburg, Va.
LEESBURG, Va. -

You may want to check your bank statement tonight. ATM skimmers are increasing their targets and the next bank could be yours. There are new cases of the crime just reported in the D.C. area.

The customers who use a Leesburg SunTrust Bank ATM in the Battlefield Shopping Center are the latest victims of skimmers. On Saturday, police say a suspect set up a card skimming device with a camera at the drive-thru ATM.

The crime was discovered by bank staffers Monday who noticed a large amount of error readings connected to ATM transactions.

“On Monday, I checked my bank account and what I found out was there was money missing out of my account,” a victim told us.

She is one of the latest victims. She did not want to be identified, but skimmers hit her card at a SunTrust bank in Fairfax County.

“It was linked to two of my accounts, not just one,” she said.

The suspect pictures seem to be similar in both crimes. Police are trying to determine if there is a link.

But even with the warnings, not all ATM customers seem to be worried about becoming the next victim.

“Stuff like that is always happening,” said Tyson Bateman, a SunTrust Bank customer. “They are always figuring the next way to rip people off.”

Still, police in the area are telling customers to stay alert. New crooks are expanding their target area throughout Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

Bank ATMs are not only being hit, but also gas pumps, and just about anything that reads a card.

But there is some relief for customers. If you have been hit, most banks will refund your stolen money.

The Leesburg Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding the identity of the person involved, to please contact Detective Vogel at 703-771-4524 or cvogel@leesburgva.gov. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477), or use TIPSUBMIT via text. Text 274637 (CRIMES) and begin your message with LPDTIP.


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