Police are urging the public to be on the lookout for ‘skimming devices’ when using cash machines in the Dungannon District.
A skimming device can be attached to a cash machine by criminals to enable them to copy information from bank cards and remove money from bank accounts.
As well as posting on their Facebook site images of skimming devices, Dungannon police have advised the public: “Before you use an ATM, please give it a check quick to ensure there is no ‘skimming’ device or ‘cash trap’ attached.
“If you do notice anything suspicious, or anyone acting suspiciously near an ATM, please phone us on 0845 600 8000.
“Please don’t attempt to remove a device yourself. If possible, please try to prevent anyone else from going near the ATM until officers arrive.”
The spokesperson also provided helpful advice with regards to identifying a skimming device.
“It can be difficult, but if you look over the entire ATM for parts that don’t match in styling, colour or material, this could help detect something that shouldn’t be there.
“If you touch the card reader and it moves, this could be an indication too. If in any doubt, use a different ATM.”