Skimming Scam Scolds CUCustomers

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (10/21/05) -- As many as 700 credit union and bankcustomers in the area have apparently had their ATM/debit cardinformation 'skimmed' at area ATMs then used to fund unauthorizedtransactions overseas in Russia and Spain over the past few days.The thieves have apparently obtained the card information fromdevices, known as skimmers, attached to the front of the ATMs,which were used to surreptitiously scan the cards, according toauthorities. Members of State Employees CU, Alleghacy FCU, TruliantFCU are among those that have been hit by the scam. Wachovia,BB&T and several other banks have also reported being hit. Theincidents are being investigated by local police, the FBI andVisa.

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