Update: Suspect Hits Two Hospital ATMs This Week
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
November 29, 2012
UPDATE: Suspect Hits Two Hospital ATMs This Week
Police responded to two reports of skimmer devices attached to ATMs at local hospitals this week.
One was discovered on the same ATM located near the lobby gift shop at Inova Fairfax Hospital on Tuesday, November 27. A hospital employee noticed that the input slot for the card was loose and wobbly; when she inserted her bank card, the device fell off. She immediately reported it to security, who contacted police. Detectives feel that the device may have been on the machine for weeks and urge anyone who used the machine to monitor their financial statements closely.
A second device was discovered on a machine located in the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital lobby adjacent to the cafeteria on Wednesday, November 28 around 1 p.m. A hospital security guard discovered the device after being notified of the prior incident. Neither of these bank machines are either owned or “monitored” by Inova staff. They are located on hospital property but banking institutions are responsible for their maintenance and management.
Detectives urge consumers who may have used either of these machines in recent weeks to check their bank statements closely. If they detect inconsistencies in their transactions, they should contact their bank and the police.
(Sept. 13)Suspects Hit Cardiac Care Center ATM
Mason Police District – Police responded to the Inova Fairfax Hospital Cardiac Care Center yesterday where they removed a skimmer from the ATM machine located in the lobby near the gift shop. They believe thieves attached the skimmer to the machine in late August and have been stealing thousands from unsuspecting employees, patients, friends and family members at the hospital.
Financial crimes detectives were alerted to an issue when they began to receive complaints that ATM cards were being used fraudulently to purchase groceries, expensive coffees, and, primarily, to get cash from other ATM machines. An alert customer spotted the skimming device on the machine and contacted hospital security who immediately called police on Wednesday, September 13. Detectives are investigating four cases now but feel that there are many more victims that have not checked their statements yet and may be unaware they’ve been victimized.
Police report that this crime is on the rise and they urge those that have used the machine in late August through September 12, 2012 to check their statements closely. If they detect a discrepancy, they should contact their bank and police at 703-691-2131. They may also make an online report or learn more about financial crime scams at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/financialcrimes/.
There have been no arrests in these cases yet and the investigations are ongoing.