Banks and customers warned of cash machine scam in Normanton

Insp Lisa Kirkland from Featherstone and Normanton NPT

Insp Lisa Kirkland from Featherstone and Normanton NPT

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Banks and their customers have been warned by police to be extra vigilant following a cash machine scam.

All banks in Normanton are now on high alert after devices were used on ATMs in the town to retain customers’ cards and PIN numbers.

Cash machines at the IOM Bank now allow charity donations.'Mary Doyle and Bill Shimmin by the ATM Regent Street Douglas.

Cash machines at the IOM Bank now allow charity donations.'Mary Doyle and Bill Shimmin by the ATM Regent Street Douglas.

Last Wednesday a silver device was clipped onto the front of a cash machine outside Lloyds TSB, on Market Place.

It retained a customer’s card, but suspects were unable to withdraw any money.

And two men remain in custody having already pleaded guilty to another offence which happened outside the Co-op store on West Street.

Police and bank staff are now regularly monitoring cash machines across the town and officers are warning customers to be aware when withdrawing cash.

Insp Lisa Kirkland of Normanton neighbourhood police team (NPT) said: “It appears that a silver device is being used which clips onto the part of ATM cash machines.

“This device slots onto the original card holder and it is very difficult to notice.

“The device works by retaining the card and photographs the pin number.

“Officers have attended at all banks in the Normanton area informing staff to be alert re the machines and check them regularly.

“Please ensure you remain vigilant and contact your bank should you see anything suspicious.”

A spokeswoman for Lloyds TSB said: “We can confirm that there was an attempt to put a skimming device on the ATM at our branch in Market Place, Normonton.

“We take any fraudulent activity very seriously and deploy anti skimming devices where appropriate.

“We also work with other banks and the police in combating this type of activity to protect both our and other issuers’ customers.

Anyone who spots anything suspicious should contact their bank or police on 101.