Lancashire TelegraphWarning after skimming device found on East Lancashire cash points (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Warning after skimming device found on East Lancashire cash points

Lancashire Telegraph: Warning and appeal for information after skimming device found on East Lancashire cash points Warning and appeal for information after skimming device found on East Lancashire cash points

OFFICERS are appealing for information and are warning people to be vigilant after two skimming devices were found on cash machines in Colne and Accrington recently.

The first device was found on the machine outside the Co-Op on Market Street in Colne on the 16th February.

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At around 12pm, a man tried to use the ATM to withdraw some money however the machine swallowed his card. As he walked away from the machine, immediately afterwards, another man approached the machine and withdrew money from his account before walking away.

Two days later, on the 18th February, a similar incident occurred at a cash machine outside the Co-Op store on Union Road in Oswaldtwistle when a customer’s card was swallowed.

He went into the shop to report this and when a member of staff came out to examine the machine, what appears to be a skimming device, was found attached to the card reader. Fortunately on this occasion, the customer was able to retrieve his card and no money was stolen.

PC Jayne Chambers of Burnley police said: “We would urge people to be vigilant when using cash machines and if you spot anything at all that you feel is unusual, do not use the machine and report it to the owner of the machine.”

Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20140221-0894 for the incident in Colne and LC-20140218-1169 for the Accrington offence.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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12:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ex-Darrener says...

Aren't Oswaldtwistle and Accrington two different places?
Aren't Oswaldtwistle and Accrington two different places? Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 14

5:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

I saw something about these skimming devices recently, on a TV documentary. I can't believe how easy it appears to be. Apparently, they can be fitted in seconds, in broad daylight, and you can't tell they're there. I think it's safer to use the cash back option at the till, these days.
I saw something about these skimming devices recently, on a TV documentary. I can't believe how easy it appears to be. Apparently, they can be fitted in seconds, in broad daylight, and you can't tell they're there. I think it's safer to use the cash back option at the till, these days. Stone Island:
  • Score: 18

6:31pm Tue 25 Feb 14

mrcool says...

Stone Island: wrote:
I saw something about these skimming devices recently, on a TV documentary. I can't believe how easy it appears to be. Apparently, they can be fitted in seconds, in broad daylight, and you can't tell they're there. I think it's safer to use the cash back option at the till, these days.
Agreed, or go into the bank and use the machine INSIDE.
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: I saw something about these skimming devices recently, on a TV documentary. I can't believe how easy it appears to be. Apparently, they can be fitted in seconds, in broad daylight, and you can't tell they're there. I think it's safer to use the cash back option at the till, these days.[/p][/quote]Agreed, or go into the bank and use the machine INSIDE. mrcool
  • Score: 11

9:58pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Pyewacket2 says...

So we are only just told now, nine days after the first incident that there is a skimming operation going on at ATM's in East Lancs, and advised to be cautious. This is a pathetic response to the matter.
So we are only just told now, nine days after the first incident that there is a skimming operation going on at ATM's in East Lancs, and advised to be cautious. This is a pathetic response to the matter. Pyewacket2
  • Score: 12

3:48pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ladysal says...

Knew there was a good reason why I always go into the bank to use the inside cash machine....
Knew there was a good reason why I always go into the bank to use the inside cash machine.... ladysal
  • Score: 0

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