Police issue bogus cash point devices alert after illegal withdrawals

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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 david.mackay@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or Crimestoppers, on 0800-555-111.

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9:42pm Mon 25 Aug 14

smiler03 says...

"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."

Without naming the store in question, a Tesco cash machine that I regularly use is wide open to anybody looking over your shoulder or from the side. The touchscreen keypad where you enter your PIN has very large numbers on it. It also makes a very loud "beep" when you press a button. To shield the number pad would require very wide shoulders and a batman cape.

Anybody with a decent video camera with zoom could "film" you from a long way off.

The whole set up is inviting thieves to cash in (sic).
"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." Without naming the store in question, a Tesco cash machine that I regularly use is wide open to anybody looking over your shoulder or from the side. The touchscreen keypad where you enter your PIN has very large numbers on it. It also makes a very loud "beep" when you press a button. To shield the number pad would require very wide shoulders and a batman cape. Anybody with a decent video camera with zoom could "film" you from a long way off. The whole set up is inviting thieves to cash in (sic). smiler03
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6:43am Thu 28 Aug 14

maw.si says...

I think its about time banks look into using biometric security measures at cash machines, iris recognition scanners are the future, but too costly to implement at the moment.
I think its about time banks look into using biometric security measures at cash machines, iris recognition scanners are the future, but too costly to implement at the moment. maw.si
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