Warn­ing over card-skim­ming

Cops on high alert as card fraud­sters tar­get ATMs across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing warned to be on their guard af­ter three ATMs were in­stalled with card skim­ming de­vices.

Po­lice have stepped up pa­trols near the ma­chines af­fected although it ap­pears no money has been stolen.

Po­lice are step­ping up pa­trols around cash ma­chines in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang af­ter three ATMs were in­stalled with card skim­ming de­vices last week.

The Na­tion­wide Build­ing So­ci­ety and San­tander Bank were re­ported to have been tar­geted along with a third ATM on Ruther­glen Main Street be­tween 5pm on April 4 and 8.30am the next morn­ing.

To date, no cus­tomers ap­pear to be af­fected by the scams, with banks con­firm­ing they have had no re­ported losses — some­thing they at­tribute to the de­vices be­ing de­tected quickly.

Ruther­glen po­lice are work­ing to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble for the crime, stat­ing CCTV on the Main Street would be re­viewed.

A spokes­woman said: “Two cus­tomers at­tended lo­cal po­lice sta­tions to say there was an is­sue with the ATMs. There was no money taken from their ac­counts but they were alerted to it be­cause there was un­usual ac­tiv­ity at the ma­chine.

“There will be ex­tra pa­trols at the ATMs within the main streets of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.”

A spokes­woman for Na­tion­wide, one of the banks af­fected by the scam, said it was sup­port­ing the po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions. “No cus­tomers have been af­fected by the de­vice found in Ruther­glen,” she said.

“How­ever, if cus­tomers do no­tice any­thing sus­pi­cious with their ac­counts or one of our ATMs, we would ad­vise them to con­tact us as soon as pos­si­ble.”

She added: “The suc­cess­ful use of ATM skim­ming de­vices is rare across the UK. ATM losses as a re­sult of card skim­ming de­vices are at a 10 year low due to the world­wide roll out of chip and pin ATMs. How­ever, in cases where fraud has been com­mit­ted, we’ll en­sure our cus­tomers money and de­tails are kept safe and secure.

“Na­tion­wide is work­ing hard to tackle fi­nan­cial crime and to help pro­tect our cus­tomers from fall­ing vic­tim to fraud by rais­ing aware­ness and pro­vid­ing them with in­for­ma­tion about the kind of steps they can take to pro­tect them­selves.”

San­tander said they had no record of an is­sue at the time of the Re­former go­ing to press.

No losses Na­tion­wide con­firmed no cus­tomers had been af­fected by the card

No is­sues At San­tander’s ma­chines

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