Police warning on ATMs

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POLICE are warning the public to take care when withdrawing money from ATMs.

The warning comes following reports of skimming devices at ATMs in Tandragee and Portadown over the last few weeks.

Police are urging everyone to be vigilant and if you notice anything attached to an ATM which looks out of place, do not touch it, stop the transaction immediately and alert police as well as the bank.

Customers are also advised to make sure they hide their pin number while at an ATM as criminals may be watching and follow this advice:

1. Be aware of your surroundings. If you are talking on a phone or wearing headphones you can’t take in what is going on around you.

2. Do not be complacent - a robbery can occur in crowded environments, not just deserted streets.

3. Increase your vigilance when using an ATM. If there is anything unusual about the cash machine, particularly the slot, then you should not use it, but report your suspicions to the bank and police immediately.

4. Cardholders should also guard their personal identification number (PIN) more carefully and be aware that any form of distraction or assistance while they are using an ATM could mean someone is trying to steal their dispensed money or their card.

5. If someone tries to distract you and you feel unsure - cancel the ATM transaction.

Anyone who would like further advice or has information in relation to skimming devices should contact their local police on 0845 600 8000