Suspected card skimming device found on a cash machine in Eckington

Posted on 25th November 2013

Police have issued advice after a suspected card skimming device was found on an ATM in Eckington.

The device was discovered by a man using the Lloyds TSB cash machine on Market Street at around 6.30pm on Thursday, November 21.

Skimming devices can be used to fraudulently obtain the card details of anyone using the ATM cash point.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around the cash machine to contact them.

They are also advising residents to be cautious when using cash points.

PCSO Dale Merchant of the Eckington Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "We would encourage people to continue to use cash machines as normal but to be alert, and cautious if they notice anything suspicious about a machine.

“When using an ATM, have a look for anything that seems out of place such as wires, tape or missing panels. If the card gets stuck, or you notice an error message then stay at the machine if possible, alert the bank immediately and inform the police.”

People are also advised to:

  • When using the machine, if someone is behaving suspiciously behind you or making you feel uncomfortable, then cancel the transaction and use another machine.
  • Don’t be distracted by others while at the cash machine.
  • Shield your pin number.
  • Discreetly put your money and card away before leaving a cash machine.
  • Report incidents promptly; Save your bank’s phone number into your mobile phone and ideally use your mobile while at the machine.
  • Keep an eye on your bank statements to check for any unusual activity.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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