Advice issued to avoid cashpoint fraud after skimming devices found

The skimming device in place (left) and the cashpoint with the fradulent device removed (right)

The skimming device in place (left) and the cashpoint with the fradulent device removed (right)

Police and Action Fraud are warning people to be on the look out for and report any suspicious activity at ATM machines after a spate of card skimming.

Police forces nationwide have reported incidents where cash machines have been tampered with or modified to allow criminals to gain people’s bank details.

What to look out for at cashpoints

What to look out for at cashpoints

Police have issued advice to bank customers, including not to use a cash machine if it appears to have been tampered with and shielding the keypad when entering a pin.

After concerns about security at some Santander ATMS in the north of England this week, the local police force said it feared the issue could be more widespread, adding: “We are advising the public to be vigilant, in particular of Santander machines, but of any cash machines. Report anything suspicious, have a visual check of the cashpoint and if in doubt leave it and go somewhere else.”

Action Fraud advises people to:

*Always look closely at the card insertion point of a cash machine before using it. If it looks like it may have been tampered with, do not use it.

*If you realise the machine has been tampered with after you have inserted your card, call your bank while still standing at the cash machine if it is safe to do so.

*Always shield your hand when entering your PIN into a cash point keypad.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

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