Lawrenceville police said as many as 10 people may have worked together to steal $60,000 from bank customers whose credit card information was stolen last year.
The fraud ring started around Sept. 30, when two people internally installed a card skimmer device in an ATM at the Peach State Federal Credit Union on North Clayton Street, Lawrenceville police Detective Kevin Dyals told AJC.com.
From Sept. 30 until Oct. 14, the assailants stole the credit card information of about 100 bank customers, Dyals said.
Several different people then used the fraudulent information to take out money from ATMs across metro Atlanta, totaling about $60,000, police said.
The bank refunded the customers who lost money, but Dyals noted that the thieves were not able to get into the accounts of every victim.
“Some of the transactions were declined when they were attempted,” he said.
The bank has been gathering information on the fraudulent activity since it was discovered, but investigators are still looking to identify about 10 persons of interest, Dyals said. Pictures posted by Lawrenceville police on Facebook clearly show some of their faces.
“It's pretty clear that they’re all part of the same ring,” Dyals said. “They all have different jobs and weren't all seen together at any one point.”
Dyals said that since the device was planted inside the ATM, “this was not necessarily a case that could've been prevented” by the customers whose information was compromised.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Lawrenceville police.
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