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Suspected cash machine scammers arrested in Stoke

Police have arrested two men after a skimming device was found on a cash point in Stoke-on-Trent Photo: PA

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of fitting a device to a cash point in Stoke-on-Trent which could steal card details.

The skimming-type device was found on the ATM at the Co-op bank in the Market Place in Burslem last night after it was spotted by a member of the public.

Stoke photo of money being taken out of a cash machine Credit: PA

Police used live CCTV cameras in the town to trace the suspects, and the two men, who are 31 and 32, were arrested shortly afterwards. They are being questioned on suspicion of fraud and theft.

The device found on the cash machine is now being tested by forensics officers,

Staffordshire Police issued the following advice to avoid being a victim of cash point fraud.

  • always check the machine hasn’t been tampered with - check for anything which looks like it has been added and make sure there is nothing overhead that can film or photograph the pin number being entered
  • don’t get distracted by anyone when using an ATM machine
  • if you see someone acting suspiciously nearby, don’t use the machine and report it to the bank and police immediately
  • keep your PIN number safe and cover the keypad so the numbers you’re entering can’t be seen
  • don't ask people to withdraw cash on your behalf and never give details of your card or bank account to anyone.