Sheriff's Office News Releases

Skimming Devices at ATM Machines in Celebration

PUBLISHED:Thu January 29, 2015

Osceola County, Florida – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning citizens about skimming devices found at two SunTrust Bank ATM’s in Celebration. Skimming devices installed inside the ATM machine have recently been reported at the SunTrust Bank located at 650 Celebration Avenue and a drive-thru ATM located at 74 Blake Boulevard in Celebration.

Based on the investigation, detectives discovered two ATM’s were compromised with a device. One device, located on Blake Boulevard was recovered and taken into evidence. At this location, it is unlikely the suspects were able to extract the information prior to them being discovered and reported to law enforcement, but if you think your information has been stolen, call law enforcement to file a report.
Here are some tips to lessen the chances of becoming a victim:

Use your hand to conceal the numbers when you are entering your pin number.
Physically pull on the card reader. If it is a skimming device, it will detach easily.
Keep an eye on your accounts: Always know your account balance and keep a record of your purchases. If you see unfamiliar charges on your account, report that information immediately to your bank.
Detectives have also identified a person of interest. He may be involved in other SunTrust Bank incidents throughout the southeastern United States. Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous and, tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 dollars.