Police warn over ATM approaches

Published Wednesday, 28 May 2014
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Police are warning people to be vigilant when using their bank card and PIN after being made aware of a spate of suspicious approaches across Northern Ireland.

Police warn over ATM approaches
Suspicious approaches have been made at ATMs and supermarket tills across NI. (© Pacemaker)

According to the PSNI, 10 cases have been flagged where individuals try to see the PIN of whoever is completing a transaction in front of them before distracting them in order to obtain their bank card.

It is understood that those responsible may pretend to ask for change or make other enquiries in order to take the bank card, which they then use to gain funds from the victim's bank account.

The incidents which have been reported to police have all happened in the last month, at auto banks or at supermarket tills.

Areas where they have occurred include Knocknagoney, Dundonald, Dungannon, Newry, Cookstown, Craigavon, Magherafelt and Ballymena.

Police are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious regarding this type of activity to report it using the non-emergency 101 number.

They also advise everyone to keep their PIN secure, to be aware of people around them when using cash machines, to shield the keypad when entering their PIN, and to particularly make elderly relatives aware of the risks.

© UTV News
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2 Comments
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (212 days ago):
Is it the same gang or people. Are they Male or female, what age etc. Why is there no description. All this information is relevant and would help the public
john willis in longkesh wrote (212 days ago):
y is lisburn not in this article
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