Bank card skimmers seized by police
Cash machine users have been warned to be on their guard
following two reports of bank card ‘skimming devices’ in
Kent Police received a report of a suspicious device on a cash
machine in Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, on Saturday, February 16. The
device was removed and was seized by officers.
The incident was followed by a further report,
on Wednesday February 20, of a similar device on a cash
machine in Farleigh Hill, Tovil.
Inspector Jerry Prodger from the Maidstone neighbourhood
policing team said: "I would encourage anyone who sees a suspicious
device on a cash machine to notify the bank and to contact us
immediately. In both cases, people have been quick to spot these
devices and it is great that they have been so vigilant and helped
us prevent further crime. It’s certainly not a regular occurrence
to find such devices but if users notice anything at all suspicious
on a cash machine we would recommend people don’t use the machine,
and report the device to both the cash machine owner and to the
The following advice is offered around the use of cash
· Check that there is nothing untoward with a cash machine
before you use it. In particular check around the insert slot to
ensure a false front has not been stuck on to the machine.
· Don’t allow yourself to be distracted when using the machines and
should keep your card in sight at all times.
· Take care not to let anyone see you entering your PIN.
If you have any suspicions about the machine do not use it and
report the matter.
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