Fraudsters may have tried to cash in at Epworth
Police are warning people to be vigilant when using cash machines in the Epworth area following reports of two being tampered with in Station Road and High Street between lunchtime on Friday (June 22) and noon on Saturday.
Investigations into the incidents are continuing and police want to warn people to look out for anything suspicious.
Anyone who may have information about these incidents in Epworth is asked to call Humberside Police on 101, quoting crime reference 1914278.
Card skimming or card cloning devices are used by fraudsters to capture credit and debit card details from unsuspecting members of the public at cash points, ticket machines and retail outlets.
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Customers who shield the keypad when they enter their PIN are much less likely to fall victim to this type of fraud.
To help minimise the risk of becoming a victim of crime, police are asking people to consider the following advice:
- Be wary if you see an 'out of order' notice on a cash point which directs you to another machine.
- Always report any cash machines that appear to have a card stuck in the slot. You can report this to the bank or to the police.
- Be wary of people seen to be acting suspiciously near cash machines. If you suspect that somebody is watching, then visit another machine elsewhere.
- If the cash machine appears to have been tampered with, please report this to the bank or the police.
- Some of the devices used are very well designed and can often be difficult to spot. Do not be afraid to ask the question to the bank, if you suspect anything suspicious.
- If you believe your debit or credit card has been cloned, alert your bank, building society or credit card company immediately. They will then be responsible for taking the investigation further and, where appropriate, reporting the fraud to law enforcement.
If you would like further information about fraud you can speak to an adviser at Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website or visit crimestoppers website www.crimestoppers-uk.org