We’re posting this story as a warning to the neighbors who live and do business in Belltown. I personally have always thought of card skimmers as something out of the Bourne Identity that I didn’t really have to worry about. However, that all changed when a few days ago I noticed a tweet from someone who had found a card skimmer right here in Belltown at the Chase on 1st & Cedar. Here’s a picture of the device.
It was Sunday night, on my way to a show, when I stopped at my neighborhood bank to get some money. You know the routine: take out wallet, remove ATM card, swipe it through the card-reader on the door of the ATM vestibule, and then enter. Except this time, something caught my attention as I slid my card into the reader: it seemed too large and freshly painted. My Spider-sense told me, “this isn’t right.” I pulled my card out, the device split apart and fell to the ground. I’d found my first ‘skimmer’.