Romanian ATM skimmers strike again! In yet another sign we need to get better about monitoring our bank statements, the U.S. Attorney's office today announced that the Secret Service arrested Laurentiu Iulian Bulat [PDF] and charged him with participating in a fraud ring that managed to steal at least $1.5 million from HSBC customers. According to the complaint, Bulat and his friends hit up more than 40 ATMs in Manhattan, Long Island and Westchester in less than a year.

After studying surveillance videos authorities realized that Bulat was, they say, the "installer" in the crew who would add surreptitious skimmers and pin-hole cameras to ATMs and then remove them hours or days later to retrieve bankers information. The Romanian national in the U.S. on an expired visa was arrested yesterday after being spotted installing skimmers on two ATMs at a Manhattan HSBC branch. When he was apprehended authorities were proud to note he "was in possession of a flathead screwdriver, which agents say is typically used to place and remove the skimming devices." Not the flathead screwdriver!

Anyway, Bulat—like so many Romanian scammers before him—now faces some serious jail time. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of bank fraud. He faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

Suddenly freaked out about your ATM card being skimmed? Stay calm, know what to look for (especially anything out of the ordinary), and make sure to keep an eye on your bank statements!