‘Skimmer’ device found on ATM on Wharf Street

Victoria police have issued a public warning after an ATM “skimmer” was found at a busy location at the Inner Harbour.

Officers were called by staff at the tourist information centre at Wharf and Government streets after someone discovered a suspicious device attached to the ATM there.

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Staff turned the device over to officers, who realized it was a skimmer. Such devices often contain a camera to record PINs as they are entered, but no camera was found in this case.

It is not known how long the skimmer was in place or how many cards might have been affected.

Police said a “wiggle test” can be effective in finding skimmers: Wiggle the area around where the card goes. If it is loose or comes free, it is likely a skimmer.

People who used the ATM at 812 Wharf St. are advised to check their banking information. Any suspicious transactions should be reported to your bank and Victoria police at 250-995-7654.

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