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Warning after card skimming devices found in Preston, Bamber Bridge and Leyland

Posted on - 5th March, 2017 - 10:48am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Crime, Lancashire Police, News
The suspected skimming device in a police evidence bag
A suspected skimming device in a police evidence bag

South Ribble Police has issued a warning after reports of cash machine skimming devices being used in Preston, Leyland and Bamber Bridge.

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The devices prevent your card from being ejected while recording your pin number as you type it.

A statement from police said: “Before using the machine, check if there are any loose parts on or around it – The card slot, keypad and anything above the keypad area.

“If in doubt, please contact bank staff and consider using a different machine.

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“If a device is discovered, please call the police so we can recover it and investigate the matter.”

Official advice regarding  spotting skimming machines is available below.

  • You find a wobbly or bulky part that doesn’t seem to belong with the machine, such as a cover over the card slot or a loose keypad.
  • Purchases and withdrawals start appearing on your account that you don’t remember making.
  • Some cash machines are built entirely by fraudsters. Be cautious using a ‘standalone’ machine, rather than a ‘hole in the wall’, which is embedded in the front of a building such as a bank.

 

 

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