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Police tips on how to avoid card skimming

ATM machines can be fitted with skimming devices by criminals Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Here's some advice from Nottinghamshire Police on how to avoid being a victim of card skimming when you head to the cash point:

Check for any suspicious looking devices or evidence that the cashpoint has been tampered with.

If there are any additional attachments over the card entry slot don’t use the machine and alert the police.

Always shield your PIN.

If your card gets jammed or retained, report it immediately to your bank.

Do not leave the cash point to make the call.

Be cautious of strangers offering to help you while you are using a cashpoint

Has your card been skimmed?

Check the cash point before you use it - Nottinghamshire Police advice Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Nottinghamshire Police are reminding people to check cash points before use after a number of cards were skimmed in Kirkby in Ashfield.

A skimming device had been fitted to a machine at Lloyds TSB in Station Street and had been there for two days before anyone realised.

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Police warn Wolverhampton residents of new ATM scam

Men police want to speak to regarding cash machine theft Credit: WM Police

Police are urging cash machine users to take extra care when withdrawing cash in Wolverhampton after devices known as 'Lebanese loops' have been placed in ATMs in the city.

The devices consist of a strip or sleeve of metal or plastic that is inserted into the ATM's card slot by criminals.

When the ATM tries to eject the card, a 'lip' at the end of the loop prevents the card from being ejected, and the machine draws the card back in, leaving the victim to believe that their card has been retained.

PC Phil Upton from the Merry Hill neighbourhood policing team said: "We are urging ATM users to take extra care when withdrawing cash by shielding the keypad while they enter their PIN and to be aware of anyone acting suspiciously around them."

CCTV images have been released of two men police want to speak to after a number of incidents have been reported from customers and a bank on Trysull Road, Merry Hill since December.