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Two men charged with attaching a skimmer to an East Naples bank ATM

Posted: 6:54 PM, May 12, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-12 22:54:08Z

Two men were arrested Thursday after Collier County Sheriff's deputies said they were observed attaching a skimming device to an ATM at the Chase Bank located at 4924 Tamiami Trail East in East Naples. Marcos DaSilva, 29, and Antonio Alves-Chaves, 44, face charges of using a device to get information from ATM cards.

"They can get your name, the 16-digit card number, and potentially your address," said Sgt. Brian Sawyer with the Collier County Sheriff's Office Fraud Unit. "Anything with a magnetic stripe contains information, so whatever's on that stripe, a criminal's going to try to get by using some type of skimming device."

Sawyer said that criminals have created devices that are difficult to spot, once they're placed over an ATM's actual card reader.

"There's usually a device that's on top of it," he said. "So if you pull on it with a little bit of force, whatever adhesive they used, it should come off."

According to a report from the sheriff's office, DaSilva and Alves-Chaves were observed multiple times at the bank when the skimming device was known to be attached, and that surveillance video showed them attaching it on Thursday.

The report also said that deputies observed the two men removing the skimmer later that same day, and the truck they were in was then pulled over.

On Friday, Judge Michael Brown set bond for DaSilva and Alves-Chaves at $25,000 each.