Stop and Shop logo Stop & Shop logo

Identity Theft Device Found Attached to One Darien Stop and Shop Self-Checkout Scanner

Download PDF

Darien Stop & Shop customers who used one of the self-checkout scanners may be the victims of identity theft, the grocery company has announced. Someone illegally installed a skimming device (or “skimmer”) at that register at the Stop & Shop in the Goodwives Shopping Center at 25 Old Kings Hwy. North. The skimmer was attached for five days at the end of last month — from April 26 to 30 at the Darien store, according to the company. If you may have opted for self-checkout at the Darien supermarket from April 26 to 30, you may want to check the account of any card you may have used to see if there are suspicious transactions, the Stop & Shop announcement said.

FBI Infographic thumbnail part 02-22-17

How to Lower Your Chance of Getting Scammed by an ATM Skimming Device

Download PDF

You can make it less likely that you’ll become the victim of a skimming device placed on an ATM by a thief by following these steps, according to the FBI. Here’s the FBI’s list of tips:

Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it — be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue. When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number. If possible, use an ATM at an inside location (less access for criminals to install skimmers). Be careful of ATMs in tourist areas — they are a popular target of skimmers.

Darien police logo

Skimmer Found on Darien Bank ATM

Download PDF

For the second time in four weeks, someone tried to attach a skimming device to an ATM at a Darien bank, and in this case, the thief was successful, and money was later removed from a customer’s account. The device was attached sometime between 2:15 p.m., Feb. 11 and 11 p.m., Feb. 12 to an automated teller machine at Darien Bank & Trust at 777 Post Road (at the intersection with Sedgwick Avenue), according to police. In the previous incident, on Jan.

Seal Police Black White

Man Tries to Attach Skimmer to Bank ATM, Returns Next Day & Steals $2,500-Plus with Phony Cards

Download PDF

Bank officials at Fairfield County Bank at 714 Post Road, doing a regular check of their video surveillance recordings, found that a man was trying to attach a skimming device to an automated teller machine at the bank, failed, then returned to scam the bank out of $2,500 to $3,000. The bank branch manager reported the incidents to police on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Police gave this account of what happened:

At about 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, according to the video surveillance record, a man walked up to the ATM and tried to attach a skimming device, or skimmer, to it.