Awareness of fraudulent ATM machines

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A demonstration of fraudulent ATM attachments will be on display at the Hillview community flat tomorrow (Saturday).

The local community planning team will be holding an open day/information event between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday at the flat on 20 Hillview.

During the event Community Liaison Officer Billy Rattray will be holding an ATM initiative to allow members of the public to be aware of a number of scam in operation involving ATM machines.

More than 70% of cash in our pockets comes from a cash machine with eight million cash withdrawals made from them every day.

Although using a cash machine is generally very safe, cash machines - just like wallets, handbags, cars and houses - are sometimes targeted by criminals.

There are three main way in which criminals try to steal cards, card details and PINs at cash machines.

PC Rattray will have with him an example of a card skimming device and a pinhole camera.

The skimming device reads the magnetic strip of the card coping the card’s electronic data while the pinhole camera films the customer entering their pin.

Other methods of fraud by ATM include card-trapping devices which are temporarily inserted into a cash machine’s card entry slot by a criminal.

The device traps a customer’s card in the machine, not allowing the transaction to be processed.

The criminal will also attempt to find out the PIN, so customers who do not shield the keypad are much greater risk of this type of fraund than those who do.

Shoulder-surfing, a method where the criminal watches the cardholder enter their PIN, then subsequently steals their card using distraction techniques or pick-pocketing, before using the stolen card and genuine card, is also used.

More information along with samples of fraudulent machinery will be on display at the open day/information event on Saturday.