Be wary of ‘hole in the wall’ cash machines

MEMBERS of the public are being warned to keep their eyes open when using cash machines after a skimming device was discovered at a supermarket ATM on Monday morning.

The illicit device, fitted to a machine at Morrison’s supermarket in Afton Way, Dundee, was spotted by a member of the public shortly after 9 a.m.

Officers from Tayside Division of Police Scotland attended and removed the fake fascia and enquiries are underway to establish how long it had been there and whether it was possible for any illegal transactions to have been made on personal accounts.

A spokesman commented: “Everyone who uses a cash machine needs to be alert to this particular type of scam and should report anything suspicious to the police, as well as the bank or store where the ATM is situated.

“Skimming devices are designed to read cash and credit card details without the knowledge of the cardholder.

“Such equipment is designed to appear genuine to the untrained or unsuspecting eye. However, people must pay close attention and look to see if there is anything stuck into or onto the machine.

“If anything looks out of place, they should not enter their card or PIN number but should immediately inform the authorities.”

The spokesman urged everyone to stick to the following routine:

* Check the card reader and the front fascia for anything that appears to be out of the ordinary before inserting your card.

* Check for any unusual attachments to the ATM, such as a leaflet holder.

* Cover the PIN key pad as you enter your number by obscuring it with your free hand.

* Check your account balance regularly.

* Inform your bank immediately if your account shows any transactions you did not make.

* Contact the Police and service provider immediately should you discover a device attached to an ATM.

Anyone with any information that can assist Police Scotland should contact Tayside Division on 101, or speak to any officer.