Card reader is found at bank

Bridlington branch of HSBC, where a card scanning device was found on the ATM cash point, pictured, on the Manor Street?? side of the bank. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120811c 20/02/12

Bridlington branch of HSBC, where a card scanning device was found on the ATM cash point, pictured, on the Manor Street?? side of the bank. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120811c 20/02/12

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CASH machine users in Bridlington are being warned to be on the look out after what is thought to be a card reader was found at a town centre bank.

The device, thought by police to be a card reader, was discovered at the HSBC bank on King Street on Wednesday February 15.

Police are unable to say how long the device was on the machine, but are hoping to hear from residents who may have noticed something wrong with the machine, or saw anything suspicious taking place.

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: “If you believe your debit or credit card has been cloned, alert your bank, building society, or credit card company immediately.

“They will then be responsible for taking the investigation further and, where appropriate, reporting the fraud to law enforcement.

“Criminals use the copied details to produce a fake magnetic stripe card, which will be used with the correct PIN, at cash machines or shops that haven’t been upgraded to chip and PIN.

“Customers who shield the keypad when they enter their PIN are much less likely to fall victim to this type of fraud.”

Now people who use cashpoints in the town are being urged to be vigilant of possible fraudsters operating in the area.

It is believed the device could recently have been put in place, and police say it has now been removed.

Card skimming or cloning devices are used by fraudsters to capture credit and debit card details at cash points, ticket machines and retail outlets.

Skimming and cloning are terms used to describe how a criminal copies a card’s electronic details to recreate an exact copy and access your money.

Members of the public should be wary of people acting suspiciously close to cash machines and if they suspect someone is watching use another machine away from the area.

Some devices can be difficult to spot but if you see anything suspicious, or if a machine appears to have been tampered with, report it to the police or the bank.

Police also advise anyone who sees a card apparently stuck in the cash machine slot to report it and to be wary if you see an ‘out of order’ notice directing customers to another machine.

Anyone with information about the King Street cash machine incident is asked to contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting log 253 of February 15.