Card skimmers at Washington County post offices?

Inside the US Post Office in Aloha, March 25, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Inside the US Post Office in Aloha, March 25, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A joint investigation between the US Post Office and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is underway over the possibility skimming devices were illegally placed on self-service stamp machines at two post offices.

A man buys stamps from a machine at a post office (KOIN 6 News, file)
A man buys stamps from a machine at a post office (KOIN 6 News, file)

Three customers who all used self-service postage machines in Beaverton and Aloha over the last five days reported large fraudulent withdrawals on their ATM cards.

Skimming devices are typically chips covertly installed over the machine’s card slot, so that a customer’s card information can be read and stored when using the machine.

“It seems very suspicious obviously and I think it’s probably more than a coincidence, although we don’t’ have any evidence to tie them together,” said Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Bob Ray.

Access to the machines is not difficult since they are all available after regular business hours inside unlocked lobbies.

“It seems very suspicious, obviously, and I think it’s probably more than a coincidence although we don’t have any evidence to tie them together,” said Washington County Sgt. Bob Ray.

A person making an online payment at a kiosk (KOIN 6 News, file)
A person making an online payment at a kiosk (KOIN 6 News, file)

“We get involved because it is on postal property and we are federal agents, just like the FBI, Secret Service, any other federal agency,” said postal inspector Dennis Fernald.

Postal service investigators told KOIN 6 News they found another, non-post office location they believe all the victims used their cards.

The investigation into where the customers’ information was stolen continues.

Fernald said the safety of customers identity is a priority.

“There is a national policy that has been in place for quite a few months where every one of these APCs are monitored daily and scanned by postal employees at the facility to make sure there is nothing suspicious attached to these machines,” he said.

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