Police: Reston Bank Hit With ATM Skimmer Device

by Karen Goff August 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm 3,144 15 Comments

The Navy Federal Credit Union ATM at 1821 Fountain Dr. in Reston was among three banks recently discovered as a target for ATM skimmers, Fairfax County Police said.

Police have a released a video of the skimming device being installed and removed at that location on July 9 and 11. Other recent devices have been found at Navy Federal Credit Union branches at 11180 Lee Hwy. in Fairfax (July 1 and July 6) and 7678-D Richmond Hwy. in Alexandria (June 28 and July 6).

Skimming is the practice of affixing a device  mouth of an ATM. When users put their card in, it secretly swipes credit and debit card information.

Earlier this summer, Fairfax County Police asked for help in finding suspects in four area skimming situations. None of those incidents were near Reston.

At that time, police said that banks had identified affected customers in those incidents. However, the public should still check their bank statements closely for any discrepancies. Police also urge the public to closely look at ATMs when they are making financial transactions.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

  • Jax Teller

    That isn’t the Reston location in the video. Where is that supposed to be?

    • Karen Goff

      Not in the freeze frame, but if you click on the video it is very clearly the first location (all of them are shown. Video is nearly 10 min. long).

      • Jax Teller

        It’s not the first location. Look at the background. The adjacent building is labeled 12250. The shopping center isn’t set up that way.

        • Agnes Nutter

          Agreed. That doesn’t look like the Reston location at all. Are we sure that was the branch hit?

          • Karen Goff

            This info and the video come directly from police. So we are are. And yes. In Reston, installed 7/9. Taken out 7/11.

  • Now reader

    It would be helpful to see a picture of what the skimming device looks like on the ATM so readers know what to look for.

    • Grant Hawkins

      The first thing you should do when approaching any atm machine is to pull on the housing where the card goes in before using it, the skimmer should move, budge, or just plain come off.

      • Delsin Rowe

        Great advice. Hope I don’t break the ATMs! Just had to check my bank records for that day. I was at Learning Tree that week.

  • Kent

    The dates that skimming took place in Reston were weekdays. Bank employees (and employees at other ATM locations) should be checking the ATMs for skimmers several times a day. If they did, it would be easy to catch the thieves when they return for the devices.

  • inquiring mind

    what are the other 2 banks?

    • Rational Reston

      They’re listed in the second paragraph.

  • Klep Jax

    There is a good picture of the bankster on http://patch.com/virginia/reston/new-video-atm-skimming-across-fairfax#.U_dqXvldXng

    If you believe you have been skimmed you need to talk to police and get a report, then bring that to your bank. If its a debit card its probably a bigger problem then a credit card, potentially. You need to check your balances.

    Also, call all three credit rating agencies and have your credit locked. There is some paper work to fill out and its a little awkward to get it done. But its not totally necessary to do lifelock because the do the same thing for a charge. So try that.

    basically on a credit card there are three tracks that can be swiped. Your name, account number, card verification code, expiration date and personal identification number are embedded on the first track. As a form of backup, the second track repeats this information minus your name. Not all cards utilize the third track on the magnetic stripe, but when it is used, it specifies spending limits and other restrictions unique to your account.


  • Agnes Nutter

    For the Reston location, is July 9 the day it was installed and July 11 the day it was removed? i.e., do we only need to worry if we used that ATM during that window?

  • DG

    Are these guys that ignorant, they don’t know they’re on camera? In the last video, the guy seems to have taken a statement from an account, for which he has the card (of course it could be stolen), but could the police not track them that way too, if they’re using legit. cards?

  • Guest

    This is ridiculous. On some of these videos you can see their faces in high definition. Are they that dumb? And some of them look like they’ll be sending the proceeds directly to ISIS. Maybe that’s why they chose Navy Federal as their target.


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