ATM thieves working in area
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has received a tip that a team of ATM card thieves is operating in the area. The thieves have allegedly come to the area from New York City and have begun installing illegal card scanners and pin pad readers on exposed ATMs. In addition, the Sheriff’s office received a complaint from a Corfu woman who claimed that $1,000 had been stolen from her account. The theft was suspected to have occurred at the Corfu branch of M&T Bank. Thus far, it is suspected that $50,000 has been stolen with ATM skimming equipment.
Sheriff’s Department’s Chief Deputy of Investigation, Jerry Brewster, says that bank customers should be very careful when using an ATM machine and should inspect the exterior of the machine for skimming components that may be installed on the keypad and card reader. Another scheme also implemented by thieves uses a powerful remote card reader to read cards that are still in consumer’s wallets. The scammer will approach people on the street and use the scanner to grab card numbers remotely. The only defense against such attacks is to use a metal wallet.
Inventor speaks on Kodak prognosis
Steven Sasson, former Kodak employee and inventor of the digital camera, says that if Kodak can reassemble it’s finances, it still has a chance to regain profitability. “It certainly is understandable for a company to use the assets that they do have to try to reinforce the future of their company which is going toward printing,” he said. 13 WHAM television sat down with Sasson this past week to hear his opinion on the developing challenges facing his former employer. While working at Kodak, Sasson invented the digital camera in 1975.