Skimming device found on Barnstaple cash machine

Joseph Bulmer

PEOPLE IN North Devon are being warned to be on their guard against card skimming devices attached to bank machines by fraudsters.The warning follows a recent incident where a skimming/cloning device was recovered from an ATM (cashpoint) in Barnstaple.

PEOPLE IN North Devon are being warned to be on their guard against card skimming devices attached to bank machines by fraudsters.

The warning follows a recent incident where a skimming/cloning device was recovered from an ATM (cashpoint) in Barnstaple.

A device was recovered by police from a Royal Bank of Scotland ATM outside Tesco's supermarket on Wednesday, May 5..

Police urge all members of the public to be extra vigilant when using their cards at bank ATMs, and in particular when they are inputting their PIN number into machines.

"It may not be immediately apparent to ATM customers that there is anything suspicious about the machine, so we would urge people to be alert, and check for any signs that the machine has been tampered with," a police spokesman said..

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If there is anything suspicious about the machine, then customers should either alert the branch immediately, or contact police."

Customers can also take extra measures to protect themselves against fraud, such as covering the keypad with their hand when they enter their PIN, and checking their bank accounts regularly to keep track of their funds.

Anybody who feels they may have been the victim of fraud should contact their banks immediately.

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