Lakenheath: Third Device Found on ATM

10 August 2012, 06:00

We're being urged to look out for signs that cash points have been tampered with after a third device was found on an ATM at Lakenheath in Suffolk.

Police are urging residents to be extra vigilant when using ATMs after a theft device was found on a machine in Lakenheath for a third time.

The grey plastic strip was found covering the cash-dispensing slot of the machine on the High Street on the morning of Thursday 9 August.

Money sticks to the back of the strip as it is dispensed, allowing a thief to collect the money later.

A man complained to shop staff that the ATM has not dispensed the correct amount. Upon examination, staff realised that the machine had been tampered with.

This follows two similar incidents at the same machine on Tuesday 31 July and Wednesday 1 August.

The bank and a security firm have been alerted to install more robust security measures to the machine.

It is best to check any ATM thoroughly before use, as it may not be apparent that a device is attached.

Customers should alert the branch immediately, or contact police, if they find anything suspicious.

It is also sensible to cover the keypad with your hand check your bank accounts regularly to prevent yourself falling victim to other types of ATM fraud.

Details about all types of card fraud in the UK can be found at http://www.financialfraudaction.org.uk/ including tips on how to prevent it happening to you.

Anyone who feels they may have been the victim of fraud should contact their banks immediately.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information about the recent incidents in Lakenheath.

Calls can be made to PC Phil Smith, quoting crime number MH/12/1484 on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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