Jefferson Township police investigate possible ATM skimmer at Lakeland Bank
Police in Jefferson Township are investigating reports that a skimmer was used to hack into the accounts of Lakeland Bank customers, and there is evidence that it's happened at other locations as well.
"We've had up to 20 reports that we know of, of customers who've used their bank card and their information was used again," says Detective Richard Geib.
The detective says that the investigation started at the Lakeland Bank branch in the Oak Ridge section of town. He says that customers in towns like Hoboken and Jersey City may also be affected. Social media posts seem to indicate that customers in Bloomingdale were also affected.
A skimming device appears to have been used to steal account information. Police say it began on Dec. 23. Detective Gieb says that this is a common type of crime.
"You can actually purchase ATM skimming equipment right on the internet," he says. "It's something you have to be aware of just like any other credit card fraud."
Several people posted on social media stating that they had hundreds of dollars stolen due to the breach. A News 12 New Jersey viewer says that she lost about $1,000.
Anyone who thinks that their bank accounts may have been compromised is urged to contact their local police department.
Lakeland Bank did not provide any official comment on the issues, but did respond to customers on its Facebook page. The bank said it was working to fix the issues.