ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Aspen are investigating a skimmer that was discovered on an ATM.

Police were called to the Wells Fargo branch in Aspen for a heat sensor alarm just before 6 p.m. When officers arrived they noticed something suspicious about one of the ATMs and requested a detective to assist in the investigation.

After surveying the ATM officers discovered a card skimmer and small camera attached to the external portion of the ATM. The skimmer may have triggered the heat sensor alarm.

Skimmers typically consist of two elements, the skimmer to record account information from the magnetic strip and a camera to record personal identification numbers.

It is unknown how long the skimmer has been in place. The investigation will continue with help from Wells Fargo security and the U.S. Secret Service.

Security footage will also be reviewed to help identify potential suspects.

Debit card holders are asked to review their accounts closely if they have used their debit card at a Wells Fargo ATM in Aspen.

Ski season and other high traffic times of the year are often targets for criminals due to the increased number of people, many whom are from different parts of the country and world and may not notice fraudulent charges right away.

If you experience fraudulent charges on your account, please report them to your local law enforcement agency.


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