Warning after cashpoint fraud

POLICE are today urging people using cashpoints to be on the alert after recovering what is believed to be a card-skimming device from a machine in Martlesham Heath.

POLICE are today urging people using cashpoints to be on the alert after recovering what is believed to be a card-skimming device from a machine in Martlesham Heath.

Officers were called after a man went to get cash from the machine at Barrack Square and noticing something strange around the card slot.

When he pulled at it, the device came away. Police officers have taken the device for examination.

Officers are asking anyone who was in the area around 12.30pm to 1.05pm on Saturday October 28 to contact police if they remember seeing anything suspicious.

Police particularly want to trace three men - two white and one described as being of eastern European appearance, one with stubble and another with a paunch, who were seen near the machine around 12.45pm.

Anyone with information should call Woodbridge police on 01473 613500.

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A police spokeswoman said anyone using cash machines should be vigilant and to take simple precautions.

“Before you use the machine examine it closely to see if anything appears to be stuck on. If there is anything that doesn't look right, don't use the machine and report it immediately to the police,” she said.

“Keep an eye on your card. If it gets stuck in the machine, check the card slot for anything that may be holding it in place.

“If the machine does not return your card to you report this to your bank immediately. Never allow yourself to be distracted while using your card.”

Users should make sure no-one is watching when they enter their personal identification number (PIN) into the machine and never disclose that number to anyone else, even if they claim to be making official inquiries. Try to shield the keypad with your free hand when entering the PIN.

Anyone who notices an unauthorised transaction on their accounts should contact their bank.

She said anyone seeing someone acting suspiciously around a cash point machine should report the matter to police immediately, using 999.

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