A camera and card skimming device have been found on a cash machine at the Post Office on Aberdeen Walk in Scarborough.
The machine was powered down following the discovery.
Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant when using cash machines.
The device was discovered by a member of the public who tried to use the machine late on the evening of Sunday 26 August. It is unknown how long it had been in place.
Officers are appealing for anyone who has seen anyone suspicious loitering in the area of machine to contact them.
Anyone who believes they may be a victim of the skimming device should contact their bank.
Cash machine safety advice from North Yorkshire Police:
- Protect your PIN by standing close to the machine and shielding the key pad with your other hand
- Check to see if anything looks unusual or suspicious about the cash machine. If it appears to have anything stuck onto the card slot or key pad, do not use it. Cancel the transaction and walk away. Never try to remove suspicious devices, report them to the police and the bank immediately.
- Be cautious if strangers offer to help you at a cash machine, even if your card is stuck or you're having difficulties. Don't allow anyone to distract you.
- Where possible, use a cash machine which is in clear view and well lit.
- Check that other people in the queue are a reasonable distance away from you.
- Keep your PIN secret. Never reveal it to anyone, even someone who claims to be calling from your bank or a police office.
- Avoid opening your purse, bag or wallet when you are in the queue. Put your money away immediately.
- Regularly check your account balance and bank statements, and report any discrepancies to your bank immediately.