Today Toronto Police alerted the public about criminals targeting hospital ATM's for scamming. Since November 8 hospitals in the GTA including Sick Kids, Scarborough General, North York General, West Toronto General and East Toronto General have been hit.
When you are at the hospital the last thing on your mind is protecting yourself at the ATM on hospital grounds. It should be though, as area criminals are targeting local hospital ATM machines.
Staff Inspector Bryce Evans of the Financial Crimes Unit this morning told the media that the criminals are able to attach devices quickly and in plain view at ATMs. These devices have been attached even during surveillance of the machines in a matter of minutes.
The latest two devices were located last week on April 11 at West Toronto General and East Toronto General by armed guards servicing the machines. The devices look like they are part of the machine itself. The devices in the hospital cases are all in one piece with a card recorder and pinhole camera attached. They are attached above and to the the right of the pin pad.
These devices have to be retrieved at the location. They are limited to the time on the video card.
Criminals are attaching scamming devices like this pinhole camera to ATMs at Toronto hospital's ATM machines
At this time there is no information on the suspects. It is believed that the same group of suspects are involved in all of the hospital ATM scamming cases.
Inspector Evans said that the police's fraud units have been working with area hospitals and updating them on the case. This includes educating the hospitals on what to look for.
"The best protection of not becoming a victim of ATM scamming is to use your hand to cover the pin pad when you make ATM transactions," Evans stated. Banks are getting better at spotting fraud but you are the first line of defense in these type of cases.
Criminals are attaching scamming devices like this to ATMs at Toronto hospital's ATM machines