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Bank card skimmers seized by police

By Chris Hunter

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Cash machine users have been warned to be on their guard following two reports of bank card ‘skimming devices’ in Maidstone.

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 police."

The following advice is offered around the use of cash machines:

· 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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