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Pair Caught Installing ATM Skimmer at Lynbrook Bank

Suspects allegedly observed tampering with ATM at HSBC branch on Atlantic Avenue.

Two suspects were arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly installing an electronic skimming device on an ATM machine at an HSBC bank in Lynbrook.

An investigation by the Lynbrook Police Department and Nassau County Police's Crimes Against Property Squad and Fourth Squad led to the arrests of Dan Florian Rus, 40, and Dorel Nicolae Sabo, 36, in Valley Stream on Oct. 7. The suspects, whose addresses are not known, were apprehended around 1:20 p.m.

According to detectives, Rus and Sabo were observed installing the skimmer on an ATM machine at the HSBC Bank branch located at 15 Atlantic Ave. in Lynbrook. (These small devices scan and steal important data from an ATM card's magnetic strip, which thieves can then transfer onto another card. This allows them to withdraw money from the user's account with a pin number, which some obtain by installing a tiny camera onto the machine as well.)

Rus and Sabo are being charged with Criminal Possession of Forgery Devices and they will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Monday.

Meg October 08, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Seems to be happening a lot as of late. Maybe The Patch can provide the readers with a "what to look out for" when using our ATMs?
Andy October 08, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Probably the best thing to do is learn how to do your pin without looking, this way you can completely cover the keyboard while entering it. This way, even if they skim your info from the card, they won't get the pin number.
Meg October 08, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Andy, covering they keypad will do nothing If a skimmer allows ALL of your private banking info to be compromised by dl-ing onto a seperate ATM card. Why would they need YOUR pin?? Don't you think it can be changed by the same person that skims your info to begin with?? Do you honestly think you can single handedly (no pun intended) prevent a skimmer by covering a keypad?? More power to you if you do, but I can say with certainty it cannot.
kevin October 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Meg, Andy has the right idea. Skimmers will not waste time trying to figure out someones pin when they have a 100 or so other cards and pin numbers per hit. You have to remember their is a timeline in which these fake cards need to be made and used before suspicious activity is noticed by the bank and all cards between a suspend fraud timeline are shut down.

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