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Police Scotland issue ATM security plea to public

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:32 GMT on Friday, 26th April, 2013.
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POLICE Scotland has announced that they have dealt with an issue of card skimming in the Moodiesburn area.

Since the incident, Police Scotland has released advice on how to detect card skimming and protest your money and identity. 

“Millions of pounds are stolen at UK cash machines each year, and our officers in North Lanarkshire recently dealt with an incident where it was found that a device, namely a card skimming device, had been placed onto ATM terminals,” a Police Scotland Facebook post reads. 

“Always make sure that you cover your hand when entering your PIN. This may nullify the threat posed by hidden cameras and unwanted onlookers. Remember that your PIN should only be known by you as it is essentially the key to your finances.” 

Police Scotland have announce four things which people should look out for, when using an ATM.

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Card Traps: Card traps work by jamming your debit card in the machine allowing the fraudster to retrieve it later. If your card is retained by a machine then make sure that you call your bank immediately and have your card cancelled.

Card Skimming: “Skimmer” devices are used on a frequent basis by fraudsters. Once in place it will record your card details. Before using a cash machine you should always check the card slot to ensure that there is nothing unusual about its appearance. These “skimmers” are usually attached over the slot where you enter your card. 

Hidden Cameras: Another major cash machine scam involves hidden cameras. These cameras will capture your card details and PIN number. These cameras are easily hidden and are very difficult to spot. Always scan around the panel and lookout for small pinholes in the line of the PIN pad.

Suspicious Bystanders: Distraction scams work by drawing your attention when using the cash machine in order to snatch your cash without you realising. A fraudster may accidentally drop something at your feet or bump into you while you are at the ATM terminal and use the distraction to their advantage.

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