ATM scamTHE PSNI are urging the public to take extra care when withdrawing money from ATMs this Christmas.

It follows the recovery a suspected skimming device from a cash machine in the Andersonstown Road area, West Belfast yesterday.

A police spokesperson said: “If you were in the Andersonstown Road area between yesterday evening or this morning and noticed anyone acting suspiciously contact police at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the Crimestoppers Charity on 0800 555 111.

“If you notice anything attached to an ATM which looks out of place, do not touch it, stop the transaction immediately and alert police as well as the bank.

“Skimming devices are used by criminals to copy information from your bank card so they can remove money from your account.

“To ensure safe transactions;

• Make sure you hide your pin number while at an ATM as criminals may be watching;
• Be aware of your surroundings. If you are talking on a phone or wearing headphones you can’t take in what is going on around you;
• Cardholders should also guard their personal identification number (PIN) more carefully and be aware that any form of distraction or assistance while they are using an ATM could mean someone is trying to steal their dispensed money or their card.
• If someone tries to distract you and you feel unsure – cancel the ATM transaction.
• Do not be complacent – a robbery can occur in crowded environments, not just deserted streets.

“Anyone who would like further advice or has information in relation to skimming devices should contact their local police on the non-emergency number 101.”

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