At 1400hrs on Saturday 21 July 2012, a Driffield Tesco’s customer reported what he believed to be a skimming device on one of their external cash machines at the Tesco’s Supermarket, on George Street, Driffield.
A skimming device was removed from the card slot and a separate camera which was fitted above the key pad for reading corresponding pin numbers.
Investigations into the incident are continuing, and police want to warn others to look out for anything suspicious.
No reports have been made to the police regarding any fraudulent activity after using this one cash machine.
Other cash machines in Driffield have also been checked in Driffield and appear to be in order.
Driffield Neighbourhood Officer, PC Steve Wilson, said: “I am aware that a number of people will not notice these devices and will make their withdrawals as normal. Criminals use the copied details to produce a fake magnetic stripe card, which will be used – with the correct PIN – at cash machines or shops that haven’t yet been upgraded to chip and PIN. Customers who shield the keypad when they enter their PIN are much less likely to fall victim to this type of fraud.”
To help minimise the risk of becoming a victim of crime, police are asking people to consider the following advice:
Card skimming or card cloning devices are used by fraudsters to capture credit and debit card details from unsuspecting members of the public at cash points, ticket machines and retail outlets.
The terms ‘ skimming ’ or ‘cloning’ are used to describe how a criminal copies a card ’s electronic data which is then used to recreate an exact copy of your card and gain access to your money.
If you see an ‘out of order’ notice on a cash point which directs you to another machine, be wary.
Always report any cash machines that appear to have a card stuck in the slot. You can report this to the bank or to the police.
Be wary of people who seem to be acting suspiciously in the area of a cash machine. If you suspect that, somebody is watching, then visit another cash machine away from the area.
If the cash machine appears to have been tampered with, please report this to the bank or to the police.
Some of the devices used are very well-designed and can often be difficult to spot. Do not be afraid to ask the question to the bank, if you suspect anything suspicious.
If you believe your debit or credit card has been cloned, alert your bank, building society or credit card company immediately. They will then be responsible for taking the investigation further and where appropriate, reporting the fraud to law enforcement.
If you would like further information about fraud, you can speak to an adviser at Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website or visit crimestoppers website www.crimestoppers-uk.org