Police in east Lancashire are warning people to be aware of cash machine fraud following the discovery of a ‘skimmer’ device in Bacup.
The device was found on the machine at the Coop store on Irwell Street in Bacup last night (Thursday, February).
Once in place, skimmer devices can record your card details and police are urging people to be extra vigilant when using cash machines.
Inspector John Fryer said: “The first thing you should do when you approach a cash machine is to check there is nothing unusual about its appearance. These ‘skimmers’ are usually attached over the slot where you enter your card and spray painted to match so it can be hard to spot them.
“Check for any scratches, sticky residue, tape or other signs of tamper as well as any part of the machine that looks like it’s newer, or made from a different material than the rest. Missing LED lights above the card slot machine is also a giveaway if the ATM you’re using usually displays them.
“If you are suspicious of any cash machine, or the behaviour of anyone near an ATM you should avoid taking any risks. Try and use the same few cash machines to draw cash, this way you’re more likely to spot any fraudulent devices. Fraudsters will often stay close by while a device is in place to keep an eye on the machine.”
Anyone who is suspicious that a skimmer device may be in place should contact police immediately. For further crime prevention information, people can sign up for free crime alerts and advice by visiting www.lancashire.police.uk/intheknow