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22 June 2010, 14:29
Police in the New Forest are warning people to be vigilant at cash machines after a card cloning device was found in Brockenhurst.
Officers also received a number of reports from people using ATM's in Lymington High Street that they were being watched on Saturday.
Three men have been arrested and bailed on suspicion of attempted theft.
Anyone who may have used cash machines in these towns on Saturday should check their bank accounts and notify their banks immediately if there are any dubious transactions.
Police are urging members of the public to follow these simple crime prevention measures to protect their bank accounts:
Carry out a visual check of any cash machine you use before inserting your card and report anything you consider might be suspicious or involves tampering to your bank or the police.
When using cash machines place your hand over the keypad and shield the numbers with your other hand as you enter your PIN.
Ensure that no one is looking over your shoulder at the cash machine and do not allow yourself to become distracted and report any suspicious people that may be loitering close by.
Do not keep a written record of your PIN number with your bank card. This gives a thief ready access to your account.
Once you have made your transaction, put your money away before you walk away from the cash machine.
Never disclose your pin number to anyone even if they claim to be from your bank or the police.
If you are at all concerned that something is wrong or suspicious about the cash machine you are using contact your bank and the police as soon as possible.