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Scam alert: Suspicious device found in local ATM

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Officers have issued a warning after receiving reports of suspicious incidents at ATMs in Newcastle and Burton.
The first incident happened at around 3.50pm on Tuesday 22 January after a fault was reported on the cash point outside Morrisons in Goose Street, Newcastle. An engineer examined the ATM and discovered a device fitted to the card slot of the machine designed to retain cards.
There is no evidence to suggest that anyone’s card details were obtained.
The second report came at around 8pm when a customer using the cash point outside Nisa Local in Horninglow Road North, Burton, alerted staff to a device fitted to the card slot.
Again, there is no evidence to suggest that anyone’s card details were obtained.
Officers investigating the incidents are asking customers to be extra vigilant when using ATMs and report anything suspicious to police.
Crime prevention tips include:
always check the machine hasn’t been tampered with - check for anything which looks like it has been added and make sure there is nothing overhead that can film or photograph the pin number being entered
don’t get distracted by anyone when using an ATM machine
if you see someone acting suspiciously nearby, don’t use the machine and report it to the bank and police immediately
keep your PIN number safe and cover the keypad so the numbers you’re entering can’t be seen
don’t ask people to withdraw cash on your behalf and never give details of your card or bank account to anyone.
Anyone who thinks an ATM has been tampered with should ring Staffordshire Police on 101 or 999 to report a crime in progress.
Anyone with information on the incident detailed is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 604 of 22 January. Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.



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