Police warning over ATM skimming devices

Published Tuesday, 19 February 2013
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Police are urging the public to be on the lookout for 'skimming devices' when using cash machines after a number were discovered in Belfast.

Police warning over ATM skimming devices
A number of skimming devices have been found in the Belfast area. (© Pacemaker)

A skimming device can be attached to a cash machine by criminals to enable them to copy information from bank cards and remove money from bank accounts.

A police spokesperson advised: "Recently a number of skimming devices were discovered on machines in the greater Belfast area and we would advise users to examine the machines before using them.

"Check around the card slot and keyboard areas and if you are unsure of anything, use another machine."

Anyone who sees anything suspicious at a cash machine is asked to report it to police.

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11 Comments
annie in belfast wrote (589 days ago):
It would help if they told u which banks they were caught on, then we the public would know if we withdrew money from that ATM..
John in Carrickfergus wrote (589 days ago):
You are on the internet guys, just Google "ATM skimming device" and you will see a picture. The point is though, they are made to look exactly like part of the ATM with the same stickers, same colour plastic etc. Very hard to spot unless you are looking for it, just cover the keypad when putting in your PIN, you arent covering it from someone who may be behind you, but from an inbuilt pin hole camera.
Kidso in wrote (589 days ago):
I googled SKIMMING DEVICES theses many different designs. Most are obvious!!
Sam in Belfast wrote (589 days ago):
To everyone who has posted comments below - I couldn't agree with you more; everyone should know by now what these devices do, we don't need the Police to tell us yet again. In the meantime, Google Images has a comprehensive selection of the various devides that are fitted to ATMs in case any of you - like myself - want to get a heads-up on what to look for.
Geoff in Belfast wrote (589 days ago):
How do I know what to look out for if I have never seen one? What do they look like?
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