More are becoming victims of ATM scams

POLICE are warning people to be on their guard after a rise in reports of ATM scams.

Officers in West Yorkshire say they have seen more people falling victim to cons designed to steal money, debit or credit cards or bank account and credit card details when a hole in the wall is used.

In May, the force received 25 reports of this kind of crime, compared with just six months earlier.

Detective Inspector Steve Taylor said: “When using an ATM be vigilant. If the device you are using doesn’t pay out or your cash card is retained and you don’t receive a clear message on the ATM screen as to why, then report this immediately to the bank in person or on the phone. If the machine appears to have equipment on it that doesn’t match or looks out of place, again report the matter. Always cover the key pad when entering your pin.”