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Santander ATMs Hit For Tens Of Thousands

Savvy Thieves Even Produced Video Guide To Ill-Gotten Gains

Keith Griffin

August 20, 2020

Santander ATM struck by thieves

A major attack on Santander’s ATM system with prepaid debit cards included tens of thousands of dollars stolen in the Tristate area, a melee between opposing thieves in Staten Island, New York, and a video primer on how criminals could line their pockets with ill-gotten gains.

The New York Post obtained a video showing how the rip-off worked. A man can be heard saying, “You hit checking. You click $200. After you click $200, you go back. Click other, customize withdrawal. You click ‘choose your own mix.’ Press the $20 option one time. Once you see that 11 you know you lit.”

In Staten Island, according to the Post, cops swarmed a bank in Staten Island looking for two scammers, according to video of the incident and police sources. Videos posted online show a large police presence at the bank near Great Kills Park. Police sources said cops had one man in custody Tuesday and were searching for a second.

A high-ranking police source said cops just happened to be driving by when they saw two groups fighting at the bank. Both groups were apparently there to pull off the scam when they got into a dispute, the source said.

NJ.com reports more than two dozen people who used prepaid debit cards to steal from ATMs at banks around New Jersey have been arrested. Dozens more arrests are expected to follow.

“The scam appears to be exploiting a glitch in Santander ATMs where the people were able to continue to withdraw amounts using prepaid debit cards,” two law enforcement sources told the website.

Santander Bank Spokeswoman Nancy Orlando told NJ Advance Media that it learned Tuesday about “suspicious activity involving some” of its branch-based ATMs and that the devices were temporarily closed “out of an abundance of caution.”

She added that some branches may have additional security and some would be temporarily closed for “security reasons,” but did not give the locations of any specific sites.

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