ATM skimming device found

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Police in Banbridge are advising members of the public to take extra care when withdrawing money from ATMs after the recovery of a skimming device from a bank machine on Bridge Street.

On Saturday morning, 17 May, police received a report of a suspected skimming device at an ATM. Officers attended and recovered the device.

Police are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact them in Banbridge on the 101 non-emergency number, quoting ref: 502170514.

Police are also reminding the public to be vigilant.

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 can be attached to a cash machine by criminals to enable them to copy information from your bank card so they can remove money from your account.

To ensure safe transactions customers should follow the advice below:

• 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.