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Skimming Device Found on ATM in Manhattan Beach

Jul 21, 2020 03:32PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo via Manhattan Beach Police Department

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect comments from the police department on July 23.

Police are alerting residents that a skimming device has been located on one of the ATMs at Bank of America at 3016 Sepulveda Blvd.

On Tuesday, July 21, Manhattan Beach officers were alerted to the illegal skimming device at the Bank of America location by an ATM service technician.

The service technician said that he was notified that one of the ATMs stopped working at approximately 10:00pm on Monday, July 20. The technician noted that the ATMs had been last serviced on Saturday, July 18, at which time they were functioning properly.

At the "Coffee with a Cop" event on July 23, Manhattan Beach police said that  Bank of America representatives told them that the ATMs are sophisticated at detecting foreign devices, and the machines would shut down if something had been detected. 

The affected ATM had been the drive-through ATM that was affixed to the building.

According to MBPD Officer Christopher Ineguez, Bank of America had informed them that it was unlikely that anyone had been affected by the skimming device and that "no one should have been compromised."

Nevertheless, the Manhattan Beach Police Department is encouraging customers who may have used this location's ATMs on or after Saturday, July 18, to look for any fraudulent activity on their bank accounts. If any fraudulent activity is discovered, you are encouraged to contact your financial institution immediately.

If it is determined you have been a victim of fraud after using the ATMs at this location on or after Saturday, July 18, and have contacted your financial institution, please call the Manhattan Beach Police Department at 310-545-4566.

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