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January 14, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Network reports that a reader has alerted the publication to a possible attempt to read ATM users' personal identification number (PIN) codes with binoculars outside a local market.


The suspicious individual was reported in Alpine and drove a red Cadillac, however if the activity was a scam operation it could possibly target people in other communities. 

On January 12, the reader posted this description of suspicious activity:

"This morning I witnessed a man in a red Cadillac CTS watching the Wells Fargo ATM machine in the Daniels Market parking lot with binoculars around 9 a.m. I reported it to the sheriffs dept. but they were unable to find him. I am sure he was scanning each card swiped and recording account numbers. Please take the proper precautions if you used this ATM machine this morning."

Report any suspicious activity to the San Diego Sheriff’s office at (858)565-5200. 



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