Police have warned cash machine users to be extra vigilant after an off-duty officer discovered a hidden camera on an ATM.
The concealed lens, which is very difficult to spot with an untrained eye, was clocked by an off-duty constable at a cashpoint in London.
‘Off duty @MPSNewham Special Constable has sniffed out a covert camera recording the pin pad of this ATM in @MPSWestminster’, Police wrote on Twitter.
Off duty @MPSNewham Special Constable has sniffed out a covert camera recording the pin pad of this ATM in @MPSWestminster. This is why it is so important to #CoverYourPin when taking out cash. pic.twitter.com/foTvoqlcmY
— MPS Specials (@MPSSpecials) May 7, 2018
‘This is why it is so important to #CoverYourPin when taking out cash.’
The camera is hidden behind an extra panel placed over the receipt slot in order to spy on PINs from unsuspecting users as they withdraw cash.
Once the PIN is obtained, fraudsters are able to steal cards and make large withdrawals before it is cancelled.
The photo below shows the extra panel after at was removed by the vigilant police constable. The real receipt slot is behind the hidden equipment.
Fraudsters have also been known to use a skimmer device that fits over the card slot, designed to copy the information contained on the magnetic strip of a bank card.
Other methods include card traps which are used to swallow the cards of unsuspecting users, before thieves later return to remove the trap from the slot and use the withheld cards.
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Cashpoint users across the UK are strongly advised to check every cash machine used, as well as covering their keypad when entering a PIN.
If anyone thinks they have been targeted, they are advised to report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.