Warning over cash machine frauds in Lancashire

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Police have issued a warning after card skimming devices were found on cash machines in Preston, Leyland and Bamber Bridge.

The devices, which copy users’ card details and PIN, have been found on TSB, Lloyds and Natwest machines in a variety of locations over the last few days.

Police are warning people to be vigilant and not use a cash machine if they are concerned about its security.

A Preston Police spokesman said: “Criminals are placing devices onto cash machines that prevent your cash card being ejected from the machine and a small camera that records your PIN as you type it in. They are then able to retrieve your card and will have a recording of your PIN.

“We ask that you check the cash machine before you use it.

“Typically, the devices are loosely fitted to allow easy placing and removal.

“Before using the machine, check if there are any loose parts on or around it - The card slot, keypad and anything above the keypad area.

“If in doubt, please contact bank staff and consider using a different machine.

“If a device is discovered, please call the police so we can recover it and investigate the matter.”