Warning after skimming device found

USERS of ATM machines in Banbridge are asked to be vigilant after a report of a skimming device at a cash machine at the Outlet.

Police said they are investigating after being contacted about the device at Cascum Street last Friday April 6 but added it is unclear how long it was there for.

They have appealed for anyone who noticed anything untoward around the machine during this time to contact them in Banbridge on 0845 600 8000.

A spokesman added, “Police would also remind the public to be vigilant and if they notice anything attached to an ATM which looks out of place, do not touch it, stop the transaction immediately and alert the police as well as their bank.

“Customers are also advised to make sure they hide their pin number while at an ATM as criminals may be watching and follow this advice: 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; Do not be complacent - a robbery can occur in crowded environments, not just deserted streets; Increase your vigilance when using an ATM. If there is anything unusual about the cash machine, particularly the slot, then you should not use it, but report your suspicions to the bank and police immediately; 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.”