Strathclyde Police issue ATM safety advice following incidents

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 09:40 GMT on Tuesday, 14th August 2012.


Picture is copyright of Cumbernauld Media/ Scott Campbell.
STRATHCLYDE Police have urged people to ‘Keep safe at the cash machine’, following a number of incidents across the Strathclyde area.
“Many of the incidents involve attempts to steal cash directly from the machine itself, however, some have also involved the person withdrawing the cash being targeted by thieves”, Strathclyde Police said on Facebook.
“Always be aware of who is around you at the cash point and if you notice anything suspicious, be it with the machine itself or with anyone hanging around at the machine, contact police. You can also report anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.”
Strathclyde Police’s intervention comes as every year in the UK millions of pounds are lost as a result of card fraud, as criminals use a variety of means, such as card skimming, cloning or theft to obtain peoples’ details or money.
Strathclyde Police’s advice on how to keep safe at the ATM is:
  • Guard your card and details when making a transaction – don’t let it out of your sight.
  • Shield your PIN when withdrawing money from a cash machine.
  • Don’t write down information like PINs, passwords or logins.
  • Don’t divulge your details in response to any emails claiming to be from your bank or the police. When on the phone, only reveal your details if you made the call.
  • Access internet banking or shopping sites only by typing the address in your web browser.
  • Always check for the locked padlock or unbroken key security icons.
  • Shred documents and receipts which contain your personal information.
  • Secure your computer with anti-virus software and a firewall.
  • If your card is lost or stolen or you think it might have been used fraudulently, contact your bank or building society immediately.