Many victims in the past few days have fallen prey to skimming machines being placed at local ATM’s. Victims are urged if you used an ATM recently to please check your account immediately. We spoke with one victim this morning who had $1,300 dollars taken from his account in the last 2 days. Police have been contacted to have reports filed. If you have fallen victim, contact your bank immediately and your local law enforcement agency. ECU states that just over 600 customers were affected and the Secret Service is involved in this investigation
from Educators Credit Union-Educators Credit Union and some of its members have been hit by the growing credit and debit card fraud across the financial industry in the United States.
Five Educators ATMs had skimmers placed for several hours recently. The locations and dates are:
• Rapids Drive in Racine on September 6
• Loomis Road in Milwaukee on September 12
• Kenosha on September 12
• Appleton Avenue (2nd ATM) in Milwaukee on September 12
• Park Place in Milwaukee on September 12
We have analyzed accounts and have contacted members whose debit cards were used at those machines and thus are at a high risk for fraud.
We are taking additional steps to block possible fraud through our card processor, as well as steps to ensure the safety our ATMs.
If you have been affected by fraud, these are the steps we encourage you to take:
• Call Educators at 800-236-5898 to have your card blocked and report the fraud. You can have a new debit card issued instantly at local branches or one can be mailed to you. After hours, call the lost or stolen card line at 1-800-682-6075.
• File a report with your local law enforcement agency. This is not a requirement for refund of money taken fraudulently, however more information may help police find the people responsible.
• Download the Ctrl app by Educators. Search “Educators CU Ctrl” in your app store. Load your Educators credit and debit cards into the app and you can turn the cards on and off with a swipe, or set geographic limits that wouldn’t allow fraud to go through, even if the number was compromised.