Henry County Sheriff's office warns against card skimmers

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Drive up to an ATM, insert your card, and drive away with cash - it's doesn't require much thought.

"Everyone has to learn when crime changes," said Henry County Sheriff Layne Perry.

But the next time you do this, you may want to be more careful.

"They actually go up and down the eastern seaboard hitting places," said Perry.

Perry is talking about credit card skimmers. The Martinsville/ Henry County area is currently dealing with one found here at the Valley Star Credit Union ATM.

"When the card reader stems out from the housing of the unit, they can slide a sleeve over it, it'll be like a plastic sleeve, it'll have the device on the inside and it can read the card digits when it comes in," said Perry.

According to Perry a suspect put the device up early on Saturday, February 2nd and took it down less than 24 hours later.

"This particular incident right here we're already working with two or three other jurisdictions, that this is probably going to be the same suspect," said Perry.

While the investigations team is working on leads, there are some things you can do in the meantime.

First check your account.

The Valley Star credit union released this statement saying its important to be aware of your surroundings, shield your pin number, and look for any signs of tampering.

"They just use like self adhesive glue or something, they really can't affix these things to the frame of the unit," said Perry.

But if you have any concerns at all, Sheriff suggests something else entirely:

"I know its a little extra inconvenience to walk inside, but that's a safe means of not being victimized," said Perry.