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. 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.