Police: Suspicious skimming device found near Nampa bank

Posted at 8:54 AM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 19:11:14-05

The Nampa Police Department is investigating a skimming device found at a local bank -– and if that device enabled someone to steal personal financial information from unsuspecting bank customers.

The device was found on Dec. 10 about 2 p.m. near the drive-up automated teller machine at the bank.

“This device was disguised to look like part of the guardrail next to the ATM and was painted to match as well,” said Sgt. Tim Riha of the Nampa Police Department.

Investigators say the device had a small camera inside, along with other electronic parts, a memory card and a battery.

“It is unknown how or if the device was also capable of recording financial transaction card information. There may have been an associated device attached to the ATM as well, but that is not known at this time,” Riha said.

The Nampa Police Department is continuing their investigation.

“We would like to remind citizens to be careful when using ATMs, gas pumps and places where they use their card to make transactions. Pay attention to the machines themselves and if anything looks suspicious, do not use your card and report the suspicion to the business or the police,” Riha said.

“This device was located by a customer using the ATM and who saw something that did not look right and reported it to the bank,” he added. “We wanted to make the public aware in case there are other skimming devices placed around our community.”

The bank is considered the victim in this case, and has requested police to keep their identity private.