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Police issue bogus cash point devices alert after illegal withdrawals
POLICE are urging people to be vigilant when withdrawing money after suspicious devices were found on cash machine.
Detectives have issued a warning after three people reported having amounts between £50 and £350 taken from their bank accounts.
Numerous devices were found on a machine in the Leeds Road area of the town and have been recovered by the police.
Some cash point devices are designed to look like part of the machine and attached to the front, and others are completely hidden inside the machine.
This can mean customers remain unaware of the problem and simply assume there is a fault with the machine.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said an investigation was ongoing to establish who was responsible for attaching them.
PC David Mackay, of Harrogate police, said the devices had been concealed on the machine.
He added: “I would urge the public to have a good look at cash points before you use them and if you see anything that is out of place or that looks suspicious, please contact the police.”
Officers have advised people using cash points to ensure they shield pin numbers as they are entered and to check who is in the vicinity of the cash point.
The force said people should also make regular checks of your bank account for any unauthorised withdrawals and contact the bank and the police if there has been unauthorised activity.
Anyone with information about the devices, or has seen anything suspicious in or around the Leeds Road area of Harrogate, call police on 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Crimestoppers, on 0800-555-111.
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