Skimming devices found on cash machines in Gateshead

15 Aug 2016 14:00 PM

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Police are warning the public to be on their guard when using cash machines after two more skimming devices were found in the Gateshead area this weekend.

On Sunday, August 14, police received reports that two cash machines in Jackson Street and the High Street had been tampered with.

Officers attended and immediately identified and removed the devices from both of the machines. The banks were then contacted and the machines switched off.

Enquiries are ongoing into the devices and officers are warning residents in Gateshead to be alert when using ATMs as this is the fourth device found in the area in the past month.

Gateshead Sergeant Tim Mcintyre said: "For whatever reason criminals are targeting cash machines in Gateshead to try and steal card details from people so they can then take their money.

"We have enquiries underway to identify and arrest those responsible and hopefully put a stop to these incidents, in the meantime though please be vigilant when using a cash machine.

"Cover the keypad when entering your pin and take extra care when putting your card into the machine.

"Before using a cashpoint take a look at the machine for anything that doesn't look right or anything that looks like it shouldn't be there. If in doubt then don't use the machine and report it to bank staff or police.

"Anyone who thinks a machine has been tampered with in any way should alert the bank or store as soon as possible. They should also report if they see anyone acting suspiciously around a cash machine."

Anyone with information into these latest incidents is asked to contact Police in Gateshead on the 101 non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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