Police warn public to be vigilant

An example of a skimming machine

An example of a skimming machine

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POLICE are warning of a cash machine scam in the County Durham area after a woman spotted a machine had been tampered with.

The incident happened this evening in the Coxhoe area.

"Earlier this evening a lady using the machine at Co-Op in Coxhoe noticed that the panel was loose and her card was swallowed," Durham City Police wrote on its Facebook page.

"She made contact with us and we were able to retrieve a skimming device from the machine, all thanks to her quick-thinking and knowledge of the scam."

The spokesman said the skimming devices had been removed from legitimate cash machines or simply manufactured and contain card reading technology.

"A camera will generally be installed above the keypad to record PIN numbers and details recorded by the skimming device can be input onto something as simple as a top-up card and pass as a legitimate cash machine card, the problem is that it has links directly to your cleared funds," he said.

Anyone who spots anything suspicious should contact the police on the non-emergency 101 number.

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10:22am Thu 6 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Are these cash machines ?...... checked regularly by Police and or Managers and or 'Security Shop Retail Officers ?. Are 'CCTV Systems', Cameras etc, serviced, checked regularly and 'fit for regular purpose'. Apparently only on a more positive guess only 4O per of 'CCTV' is working correctly at one given time. There is 'tons of Hype about Crime Prevention', so many of these 'CCTV Camera Operators' and 'Shop Security managers' all need to get ALL these CCTV Cameras checked on a 'regular consistent basis and working properly and efficiently'. If not ***change the Manager/Security Officer and/or person(s) responsible for all these individual cameras and get someone who knows what they are going who can operate and record images on these 'CCTV camera's professionally, particularly those 'overseeing Cash Machine's etc..
Are these cash machines ?...... checked regularly by Police and or Managers and or 'Security Shop Retail Officers ?. Are 'CCTV Systems', Cameras etc, serviced, checked regularly and 'fit for regular purpose'. Apparently only on a more positive guess only 4O per of 'CCTV' is working correctly at one given time. There is 'tons of Hype about Crime Prevention', so many of these 'CCTV Camera Operators' and 'Shop Security managers' all need to get ALL these CCTV Cameras checked on a 'regular consistent basis and working properly and efficiently'. If not ***change the Manager/Security Officer and/or person(s) responsible for all these individual cameras and get someone who knows what they are going who can operate and record images on these 'CCTV camera's professionally, particularly those 'overseeing Cash Machine's etc.. cushybutterfield
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