Story updated on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by Kevin L. Pattky, Jr., President and Publisher

The Jefferson Township Police Department’s Detective Bureau is currently investigating several incidents involving ATM skimming.

The incidents occurred between December 23, 2016 and January 2, 2017 at Lakeland Bank, located at 5729 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge, New Jersey 07438. Lakeland’s drive-up ATM was compromised.

As of January 4, 2017, 20 victims have been identified. Customers using this ATM between the above dates are encouraged to review their bank statement.

Please report any fraudulent transactions to the bank and the Jefferson Township Detective Bureau at 973-697-1300.

This story will be updated as new information on the current investigation becomes available.

What is ATM Skimming?

ATM Skimming is like identity theft for debit cards. Thieves use hidden electronics to steal the personal information stored on individual ATM cards and record PIN numbers to access all the cash in the account.

The skimmer is a card reader placed over the ATM’s real card slot: When you slide your card into the ATM, you also slide it through the counterfeit reader, which scans and stores all the information on the magnetic strip.

This information has been provided by the Jefferson Township Police Department. Please contact the department at 973-697-1300 for more details.