Toronto

ATM card-skimmers found inside 8 GTA hospitals

Toronto police say they have uncovered a fraud involving card-skimming devices placed on bank machines at eight Toronto-area hospitals.
Bank machine skimmers found inside Toronto-area hospitals. 1:13

Toronto police say they have uncovered a fraud involving card-skimming devices placed on bank machines at eight Toronto-area hospitals.

Police say the devices are equipped with a card skimmer capable of capturing account information. Each skimmer also has a tiny pinhole camera that records and stores video of the user entering their PIN.

The skimmers are about the size of a DVD case and affixed to the bank machines using glue or tape.

The thieves leave the skimmer device on the bank machine, then return a few hours later to collect the card and the account information.

The first device was found back last November.

"We believe the hospitals are being targeted because of the high volume of pedestrian traffic and the fact that the ATM machines are located within open common areas," said Toronto police Staff Insp. Bryce Evans.  

The armed guards who service the ATM machines found skimming devices at the following hospitals:

  • Sick Kids.
  • Scarborough and North York General.
  • Oakville−Trafalgar Memorial.
  • Lakeridge Health Bowmanville.
  • Southlake Health Centre in Newmarket.
  • As well as Toronto East General and Toronto Western.

Police don't have any suspects but are reviewing footage from hospital security cameras.

Police say ATM users can protect themselves by covering the keypad while entering their PIN number and using machines inside banks instead of less secure locations.

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