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Police re-issue warning to public about card skimming devices

Issued: 18 Nov 2010

Police have issued a fresh warning to the public about card skimming devices after one was discovered at the Santander ATM at the Morning, Noon and Night store in Glenurquhart Road, Inverness yesterday afternoon (17 November 2010).

The ATM was being serviced at the time and the engineer noticed the machine appeared to have been tampered with. On closer inspection a device was discovered and it was handed into Police.

Police are now carrying out inquiries and are appealing to people who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around the ATM over the past couple of days.

And Police have vowed to pro-actively target those involved in this type of crime.

The device is used to clone people's card details allowing the criminal to withdraw money from their accounts using their pin code which they usually obtain by standing nearby and watching people enter it on the machine's keypad.

They have also been known to attach small cameras to the machine in an attempt to obtain people's pin numbers.

Police advise members of the public to look carefully at the machine before using it and if it looks like it has been tampered with or altered in any way to report it immediately. People should also keep their hand over the keypad so that anyone standing nearby or a camera cannot see them enter the number.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police on 0845 600 5703 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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