The Chair of the US Justice Department's Cybercrime Subcommittee, Jenny Durkan, has fallen victim to a gang of criminal skimming thieves who copied her bank card and drained her account of $1000.
The cybercrime czar told Seattle's King 5 News she was robbed of the cash in August after thieves stole her debit card information via a skimming device and camera mounted to a bank cash machine.
Durkan said she was in a hurry and didn't thoroughly check the fascia of the machine as she usually does.
"The thieves are very clever," says Durkan. "When it happens to you, you really feel victimised and you think, "Boy, I wish I'd been smarter that time".'
Police have yet to apprehend the gang behind the scam.