LOWER TOWNSHIP - Customers at a North Cape May bank are being told to check their accounts after an “electronic skimming device” was found on an ATM machine.

The device was found on an ATM in the vestibule at the Bank of America branch on Bayshore Road in North Cape May.

Capt. Thomas Beeby said an investigation, and video surveillance footage, showed the device had been on the ATM machine since Aug. 10 at 2:13 p.m.

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Within the hour a vigilant customer discovered the device, Beeby said.

The customer told police that a green light, usually indicates the card has been read, did not appear. 

She then searched the card reader, and was able to remove the skimming device, Beeby said. Due to the incident taking place during non-business hours, she took the device home and called it in the next business day.

Video surveillance caught the individual who police say may have placed the device.

Beeby said the individual on camera is a person of interest.

He added an investigation revealed that the apparel worn by the person may have been bought in Ukraine.

The Lower Township Police Department is recommending that anyone who used the ATM location on Aug. 10 monitor their bank accounts.  The police department also wants customers to be vigilant while using their debit cards at any ATM location. If they suspect that a machine has been tampered with, they should call local authorities immediately and discontinue their transaction.  The police can be reached at 886-2711.

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