Police are warning people to be vigilant around ATM’s (cash machines) after several reports of card skimming devices being found around Ipswich recently. It is often difficult to spot these devices, so a photo is attached in order that you can familiarise yourself with the sorts of devices which may be used.
There are steps you can take to help protect yourself:
• If you spot anything unusual about the cash machine, or if there are signs of tampering, don’t use it. Report it to the bank concerned immediately.
• Always cover your hand when entering your PIN as fraudsters have been known to install cameras above the keypad. An easy way to do this is to use your purse or wallet to cover your hand.
• Be alert. If someone is crowding or watching you, cancel the transaction and go to another machine. Don’t accept help from seemingly well-meaning strangers and never allow yourself to be distracted.
• Once you’ve completed a transaction, put your money and card away before leaving the cash machine. If the cash machine doesn’t return your card, report its loss immediately to your card company. Make sure you have a note of your bank’s details in case your card does go missing.