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Police Alert Public Over ATM Scam
Tuesday 10th November, 2009

Police in Wigan are urging ATM customers to be vigilant after a device known as a Lebanese Loop was discovered inserted into the card reader of a machine outside Lloyds TSB on Market Street.

The front of the device looks just like the slot of the card reader, and the mechanism is designed to retain bank cards in the machine so that criminals can retrieve them for their own use after customers have left.

Wendy O’Neil, Crime Reduction Advisor for Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division, said: “Card users should take care when withdrawing money by firstly examining the cash machine for anything suspicious, especially around the card reader.

“If your card is retained for no obvious reason, be wary of others around you, especially those who may ask you to try and input your PIN number again – they may be noting it for use later on when they retrieve your card from the machine.

“Criminals also use well constructed plastic fascias that are copies of those on bank machines and include hidden cameras to record you inputting your PIN number and even microphones to record sound. To ensure that nobody gets their hands on your money, cover the key pad with your other hand while inputting your PIN and don’t say the number out loud, even if you think there is nobody around.”

Police have now recovered the device used on Market Street for forensic examination, and are collating CCTV images of the ATM.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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