Three victims have stepped forward to say that fraudulent charges were placed on their cards, and Prince William County Police believe the crimes are linked to an card skimmer that was placed on an ATM at a Manassas-area Navy Federal Credit Union.
Someone had placed an ATM card skimmer on a machine at the credit union's location at 10980 Bulloch Drive, Manassas.
On Nov. 30, police began an investigation into fraudulent bank card uses. All three victims had used the ATM between 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. During the week, they began to notice fraudulent charges on their accounts and notified police. Prince William county detectives have determined that someone placed a skimmer before 11:45 a.m. and removed it after 2:45 p.m.
Police ask anyone who may have used the ATM on Nov. 25, and has noticed fraudulent charges on their account to call 703-792-6500 and file a report. Officer Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the police department, cautioned residents to take steps to protect themselves from fraud.
"The police department strongly urges ATM users to check the ATM for anything that looks suspicious, especially around the card reader area, prior to use. Anyone who suspects a skimmer device is being used or observes anything suspicious is asked to notify bank officials and to call police," Perok said in a news release.