In response to the recent discovery of a skimming device and camera installed on a local bank’s ATM machine, the Cedar Grove Police Department is offering the following tips to help avoid becoming a victim of ATM fraud: 

1. When using an ATM machine, be alert for suspicious devices; 

2. Check the ATM machine for parts that look crooked or are loose; 

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3. Look for parts with mismatched colors; 

4. Look for parts partially covering machine instructions or other stickers; 

5. Since hidden cameras are often used in tandem with skimming devices to capture the victim’s PIN number, the user should conceal the ATM machine key pad with his/her free hand to prevent the camera from recording the number. 

6. Pay close attention to your bank statements or balance. Check often for any unauthorized activity; 

7. Contact bank personnel or the police if you suspect the ATM machine you are using has been tampered with.