Skimmer found on BOG ATM in Micronesian Mall Food Court


Guam – If you plan to withdraw money from an ATM, you may want to practice a little more caution. As a skimming device has been discovered on a Bank of Guam ATM.

It appears that credit card scammers have just upped their game with the use of a credit card skimmer.

You may have heard about instances like this occurring in the US, but appearently the tactic is now being used right here on island.

The scheme involves placing a skimming device over the card slot of an ATM machine.

As you can see in this picture the device is identical to the ATM’s card insert slot.

It allows the scammer to collect sensitive data on your account.

You’re encouraged to report anything that looks different or out of place when using an ATM.

Here are a few safety precautions to keep in mind:

1. Always scrutinize ATMs prior to using by checking the card reader to see if it appears oddly fitted and check if it easily shakes when force is applied.
2. Try to cover the key pin when entering your pin number as to obstruct the view of foreign placed pin hole cameras.
3. Routinely check your bank statements to make sure your account has not been breached in anyway and immediately report your findings to your bank.
4. Be extra careful as “Skimmers” may still be within the vicinity of their device and once discovered, they may approach in attempts to retrieve their device.

Bank of Guam Interim President & CEO Joaquin Cook confirms that this particular device shown in the picture was discovered on a Bank of Guam ATM at the Micronesia Mall last night.

He says the device was immediately removed and that the Bank has inspected all other ATMs and are confident that no other ATMs have been affected by skimming devices.

GPD Spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao says the person who reported the skimmer was approached by an unknown male, who was described as possibly European with a medium build and having a dark complexion.

Tapao says the mystery man insisted that he himself had to take the device to police. And that the complainant protested, so the man walked away without further incident.

Information and evidence has been forwarded to the United States Secret Service. Anyone with further information about this case is asked to contact the Guam Police Department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.