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Accounts compromised by ATM skimmers at Portland area 7-Eleven stores

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

More than 100 accounts have been compromised by ATM skimmers at Portland area 7-Eleven stores.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau White Collar Crimes Unit said Tuesday that there have been at least two different time periods since November 2015 that skimmers were placed on local ATMs, and patterns of the victims' bank activity led police to 7-Eleven stores. 

Skimmers are devices that capture credit and debit card information from the card's magnetic stripe. The devices are designed to fit over the card readers and blend in with the machine.

With the stolen information, thieves create counterfeit cards and drain victims' accounts.

In these new cases, detectives said they worked with credit unions to find the source of several cases of debit and credit card fraud.

No suspect information has been released at this time. Police did not identify which 7-Eleven stores are involved in this investigation.

Detectives advise customers to pay attention to ATM machines and what's around the area. If something doesn't seem right, don't use the machine.

According to Detective Brian Sitton of the Portland Police Bureau, some of the riskier places for card readers are machines with minimal security or monitoring such as those at gas stations outside of Oregon where there are no attendants, exterior ATMs and restaurants.

Anyone who identifies a skimmer on a machine should report it to the business and contact the non-emergency police line at 503-823-3333. Anyone who discovers a skimmer should not touch the backside of the device, as it may contain DNA evidence or fingerprints.

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