Police warn to watch out for thieves when using cash machines

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POLICE are warning to watch out for criminals tricking people using cash machines.

Officers say thieves have a range of scams to target people as they withdraw money.

Detective Sergeant Andy Greatorex said: “Various devices are used to carry out this type of fraud.

“Some of the techniques include attaching a plastic strip over the cash dispenser slot.

“To the untrained eye, this device just appears to be part of the machine. The transaction goes through but the money remains trapped behind the device.

“Always check the cash dispenser before withdrawing money and if in doubt use another one.

Other techniques can be more complex but equally devastating.

“Another device is a magnetic box attached to the casing of the machine with a recording device in it,” said Det Sgt Greatorex.

“These devices then allow the criminal to get the PIN number of the unsuspecting user.

“A second device is then attached to the card reader slot which keeps the card.”

He said there are number of techniques people can use to try and prevent the chances of becoming a victim, including not using any machines where there are loose or ill-fitting parts and not using machines where there are people hovering nearby.

He added always shield and protect your PIN number when using the machine.