LOWER PROVIDENCE Twp., Pa. (CBS) – Montgomery County authorities say they have broken up a multi-jurisdictional ATM skimmer scam landing five Bulgarian nationals behind bars on a $250,000 cash bail each.
Authorities allege the five men used skimmers and pinhole cameras to capture personal information from customers who used ATMs throughout Montgomery and Chester Counties between October and December of last year.
So far, authorities say they have more than 140 victims and the defendants made off with more than $134,000 in fraudulent withdrawals. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman says the unsuspecting bank customers would have no way of knowing the devices were there.
“It’s not until they check their accounts later and they find out their accounts have been compromised, and their accounts are compromised because the ATM machines themselves are compromised,” said Ferman
Skimming devices were found in rooms at a Lower Providence hotel where the five were taken into custody. Charges include corrupt organizations, identity theft and criminal conspiracy.
The Secret Service and Immigration Officials are also involved in the ongoing investigation.
Reported By Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio