Earlier today Sheriff DeLoach held a press conference on electronic skimmers used by Plopsor Lorenzo Matei and Elena Andreea Matei of Jacksonville. These two individuals managed to steal more than $46,000 from 291 Putnam County credit cards, but the case carried into multiple jurisdictions and possibly other states. Both were arrested June 10 and are in the Duval County Jail.
In the past, overlay devices were common ways criminals stole credit/debit card information. But, as technology advances, so does crime.
During this investigation, detectives became aware of card skimmers fitting inside the card readers, compromising a variety of cards. Information such as your personal identification code is recorded on a pinhole camera installed onto the machine. These devices are very small and can be attached to a variety of surfaces. In one photo you can see the paint matches the paint on the ATM. In another photo there is glue or a sticky substance on the card reader - the only indication that a skimmer was placed inside the device.
Before using an ATM, look for anything unusual about the machine - such as raised surfaces. Also check your credit card and bank statement balances daily.
We will continue to be vigilant in pursuing those who prey on our residents.