Warning after man tampers with ATM
11:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
POLICE are appealing for information after a man was seen fitting a card skimming device and camera to a cash machine.
The incident was reported to police at 7.30am yesterday after a passer-by saw the man acting suspiciously around the machine outside the Co-Op store in Cricklade Road, near the Moonrakers pub.
The man appeared to put a card in the machine, before glueing a card skimming device and camera to the ATM and walking away from the area.
It is believed the incident lasted only a few minutes.
The man is described as being approximately six foot tall, with short, dark brown hair. He was of slim build and was wearing a dark blue jacket.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “We would always advise people to remain vigilant when using any public cash points.
“Things to be aware of are people waiting nearby, particularly in vehicles and who may be watching the cash machine.
“People should also be wary if their card is retained for no apparent reason, or if the machine suddenly displays that there has been a fault. “Also check for any small holes around the machine – even if it appears that they are merely missing a small screw this could be used to hide a camera.
“Always cover the keypad with your hand when inputting your PIN number, even if no-one is standing next to you.
“If you notice anything suspicious, contact Wiltshire Police immediately.”
Police have since approached local businesses and checked CCTV footage as part of their ongoing investigation.
The incident comes just a few months after a similar incident at a cash machine outside Rodbourne Cheney Post Office in Whitworth Road.
A customer using the machine had been unable to retrieve his bank card from the ATM.
After forcing it out with some pliers, a device, which had been placed on top of the machine, fell away.
As it fell, it also revealed a spy camera attached to the machine.
Anyone with information on the latest incident should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.