FRAUDSTERS using devices fitted to cash machines in Coventry are being targeted by police this week following a spate of fraudulent withdrawals across the city.
Officers are urging residents to protect their PIN numbers when they withdraw cash and to be on the lookout for anything suspicious attached to the ATM. Â Â Â
The most recent incidents have been reported on Earlsdon High Street and the Co-op at Brownshill Green Road in Coundon.
PC Neil Kenton, leading the investigation, said: â€œThese camera devices have been shaped and coloured to blend in with the ATM facia when fitted.
â€œThey are designed to record the customer as they enter their PIN number and retain their card so that fraudulent withdrawals can subsequently be made.
â€œAlways shield your PIN number from view and be aware of those around you when withdrawing money.â€
Police have stepped up patrols in vulnerable locations and are working closely with local shop staff to keep a close eye on ATMs and people making use of them.
Anyone who has been spotted one of these devices at an ATM in Coventry or who believes they may have been a victim of the scam is urged to report it to Coventry Police immediately on 0345 113 5000.
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