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skimmer found on building society cash machine
24 January 2008
By Paul Foster
Police are asking people to urgently check their bank accounts
after fraudsters targeted a cash machine.
A card-skimming scam was uncovered at the Nationwide building
society in Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, when a customer tried to
withdraw cash at 12.15pm on Tuesday.
The ATM did not give out any money, or return the man's card,
and so he alerted the building society manager.
Police found a skimming device over the card slot as well as a
small camera overlooking the keypad area where the PIN is
It's not known how long the device was on the machine before it
was found so police say anyone who has used it should check with
PC Allison Fraser said: 'At this time we do not know when the
device was put in place at this cash point, and so I would urge
anyone who has used it recently to check their accounts and
ensure no money has been taken without their knowledge or
'If anyone has any concerns they should contact their bank or
building society as soon as possible.'
The hi-tech thieves use the skimming devices to clone cards
while the camera records the person's PIN.
Armed with this information they can steal thousands of pounds
from bank accounts.
But the devices are sometimes incredibly difficult to spot.
PC Fraser added: 'The device we found here was not obvious and
looked the same as the rest of the cash point, but people should
be aware when using cash points to take note of anything out of
'If you discover a device do not attempt to remove it, and
inform the bank and police immediately.
'I would ask that anyone with any information about the device
found at Nationwide in Edinburgh Road should contact police so
that we can gather all the information available and find the
Anyone with any information in relation to this incident should
contact PC Allison Fraser at Southsea police station on 0845 045
45 45 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.