Police warning over southside ATMs

Some cash machines have been tampered with.
Some cash machines have been tampered with.

POLICE have issued a warning to southsiders after a man was arrested in connection with tampering with ATM machines.

Villains have been putting devices — made to look like part of the ATM — into the machines which can retain the user’s card or copy the information on it.

A secondary device is sometimes used to visually record the PIN number being entered by the customer and those involved are often standing nearby.

Police say the crooks are targeting the city centre and southside.

Chief inspector Martin Cloherty, of the city centre police office, said: “Officers are continuing inquiries and a number of devices have been seized and are being examined.

“A 31-year-old man is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in connection with an incident in Crookston, Glasgow on Sunday, April 29.

“Whilst incidents like this are relatively uncommon, there has been an increase in the past month and so we would like to remind people to take extra care at cash machines.

“The devices used are getting more and more sophisticated and can be very difficult to detect, so I would offer the following safety advice:

“Be vigilant when using cash machines and keep your security details safe.

“Always check the machine before using and report anything unusual or suspicious to either the bank or police.

“Never try to remove any suspicious devices — report them to the police immediately.

“Try to shield your PIN while using the machine.

“If your card gets jammed or retained, don’t leave — telephone your bank or police there and then and tell anyone queuing that the machine is faulty.

“Be cautious if strangers offer to help you at the cash machine, even if your card is stuck or you’re having difficulties.

“Regularly check your account balance and bank statements and report any discrepancies to your bank immediately”.