Nottinghamshire police issue warning over ATM scam

Police in Nottinghamshire have issued a warning after at least eight people have had their bank cards stolen.

Sunday, 4th October 2020, 2:30 pm

Officers have discovered a device at a cash machine which traps the bank card inside, leaving victims empty-handed.

PC Rebecca Grix, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The incidents happened between September 14 and 21 and two suspects have been attaching devices on to ATMs at the TSB in Nottingham Road in Eastwood.

Officers are urging people to be vigilant.

“The device was fitted to the card slot on the ATM, so the bank cards are tapped and don't reappear when ejected.

“The suspects would hang around the area, wait for this to happen and then come back to retrieve the card before attaching the device or another device again.

“Members of the public don’t receive the cash or have their bank cards returned.

“We are aware of two people who have come forward to say that they had their cards taken, but we have viewed local CCTV footage which shows that eight people have had their cards stolen.

“If you have had your card stolen, please report the incident. Please call 101, quoting incident number 317 of September 18.”

She added: “As well as all the usual precautions we take when withdrawing cash, like shielding the keypad, when typing in your PIN, you should always examine the machine before use.

“If anything looks out of place or it has any parts which appear to have been added, don’t use it and report your suspicions to the bank.

“If the machine fails to return your card or any cash you have withdrawn, you should contact the police on 101 and your bank to inform them.”

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