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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Police warning after crooks tamper with Carlisle cash machines

Crooks have been tampering with cash machines in north Cumbria.

Police have urged shoppers to take extra care after a number of ATMs were fiddled with so that cash or bank cards could be stolen.

Criminals have targeted machines on Market Street, English Street, Wigton Road and Central Avenue, all Carlisle, since September.

Crime prevention officer Andy Hunton said: “People should not be worried to use cash machines but they do need to be aware of the ways in which their details can be obtained.

"This will help them take basic precautions and hopefully reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim.

“We can all become complacent when using an ATM because it is something we do most weeks. However, remember - when using cash points always check to see if it appears to be unusual or if its appearance has changed since you last used it," he added.

Unusual transactions should immediately be reported to the bank.

Mr Hunton advised cardholders to be wary of people loitering near cash machines. They may be doing that to observe PINs being typed in, to distract the customer as cash is being dispensed or to protect an illegal device fitted to the machine.

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