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ATM Skimmers Rise in Southern California, Leading to Major FBI Bust

by Sonia Park
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Wasn't completely sure this wasn't a a ATM card skimmer

The use of ATM skimmers, which steal credit and debit card information, is on the rise in Southern California, prompting concern among consumers and law enforcement. Last month, the FBI's Los Angeles office dealt a major blow to this illicit activity by breaking up an organized crime ring responsible for operating skimmers in over 80 locations throughout the region.

ATM skimmers are small, undetectable devices that are illegally installed on ATMs. They capture the magnetic stripe data of cards inserted into the machine, allowing criminals to access personal account information and PIN numbers. This information can then be used. . .

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