Police urge Britons to beware of new ATM scam that steals your card details

A disturbing scam sees criminals installing special theft devices in ATMs that can not only read your card and send the details to criminals, but also prevent it from being returned

Police say special devices are used to steal money from victims

The police urge households to be cautious when using ATMs due to an increase in scam who steals bank cards.

Hertfordshire Constabulary warns residents to be vigilant after several reports of theft of bank cards held by ATMs.

Several residents reported that their bank cards had been withheld by ATMs and later discovered that money had been withdrawn from their accounts after their card was lost.

Detective Sergeant Mark Fava, of the Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber ​​Unit, said: ‘It appears these thefts are being carried out by a discreet device placed on the machine’s card slot, which scans details of the card, transmits the data to the criminal, then blocks the return of the card.

“The best way to prevent this from happening to you is to cancel or suspend your bank card if it is held up by an ATM. If you have a banking app on your phone, you may be able to temporarily block your card until you can establish what happened. Otherwise, you may need to call your bank to cancel or suspend the card until it is collected.

In addition to all the usual precautions you take when withdrawing cash, such as shielding the keypad when entering your PIN, you should always examine the machine before using it.

If anything seems out of place or items appear to have been added, do not use it and report your suspicions to the bank.

If the machine fails to return your card or the money you have withdrawn, you should contact the police on our non-emergency number 101 and your bank to inform them.

Police are urging Britons to take the following precautions when using ATMs:

  • Always look carefully at the card insertion point of an ATM before using it. If it appears to have been tampered with, do not use it.
  • If you realize the machine has been tampered with after inserting your card, call your bank while standing in front of the ATM if it’s safe to do so.
  • Always protect your hand when entering your PIN code on an ATM keypad.
  • If the machine holds your card or does not deliver the money you have withdrawn, without an appropriate explanation message on the screen, contact your bank immediately, then the police on our non-emergency number 101.

Yesterday The Mirror reported on a worrying rise in fraud which sees criminals pretending to be police officers showing up at their victims’ homes. homes to steal up to £640,000 .

Victims – who are often vulnerable or elderly people – fall prey to scammers who steal an average of £5,000, with one fraudster pocketing £640,000, according to the charity Crimestoppers.

The scam is known as courier fraud, where criminals impersonate your bank or the police.

They often follow up by sending a courier to the victim’s home to collect their bank card, after having created a fake race against time to avoid any further scams.

Unfortunately, in many cases the victims oblige and are unable to recover what they have lost.

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