MASON CITY – Mason City Police Department responded to a report from a local resident that money was missing from her bank account and discovered a skimming device on a local ATM machine.
Suspicious transactions had been occurring at locations outside of Mason City, police say. The subsequent investigation uncovered additional evidence that supported the suspicious transactions were likely fraud.
On Monday, September 18, 2017, Mason City Police officers discovered evidence that a credit card skimmer had been placed on the ATM machine at the North Iowa Community Credit Union location at 4063 4th Street SW. Officers were also able to determine the caller reporting the theft from her bank account had used this ATM. The incident remains under investigation.
MCPD is also sharing information with other law enforcement agencies that may have financial institutions who were also recently victims of similar fraud attempts. NICCU was a victim in this, much like its customers, and they have been very helpful in working with law enforcement to hold accountable those responsible.
Anyone who may have used the ATM machine at the west NICCU location in the past two to three weeks should continue to monitor their accounts for suspicious activity. If you have suspicious transactions, please report them to your local law enforcement agency. North Iowa Community Credit Union members should also report any suspicious transactions to NICCU too.
If you have any information that would assist in identifying a suspect or vehicle involved in this incident, please call the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636. Crime tips can also be shared through the North Iowa Crime Stoppers at 1-800-383-0088.