Action Fraud is reminding consumers of the importance of protecting themselves at a cash machine, following a number of reports of suspicious incidents.
Fraud at ATMs is rare but it is important all cardholders are aware of the importance of covering their PIN and staying safe at a cash machine.
The most common types of incident at an ATM are card entrapment and card skimming. To trap a card, fraudsters insert a device into the machine to prevent a card from being ejected. The fraudster then removes the card once you have left the ATM.
To skim a card, fraudsters insert a device into an ATM which will copy the magnetic stripe details from your card.
So they can make use of your card details, fraudsters must obtain your PIN. To do this they will either watch you at an ATM, known as shoulder surfing, or may use a camera. Therefore, it is very important you cover your PIN at an ATM.
Generally ATMs are very safe and more than Â£1 billion is withdrawn from ATMs every month. By contrast, last year Â£32.7 million was lost to ATM fraud, a very small proportion of the overall amount of money withdrawn.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.