ATM targeted outside bank in Bury St Edmunds

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POLICE are warning people to be on their guard after a skimming device was found at a cash machine in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

The device was found attached to an ATM outside HSBC at 3pm today after a member of the public aletrted members of staff who removed the device and contacted the police.

Suffolk Police say that cash machine crime is uncommon and there are a number of steps cardholders can take.

These are to check there is nothing unusual or suspicious which shows a machine may have been tampered with. People should check there are no attachments to the card slot or keypad and customers should stand close to the machine and shield their PIN.

If a card gets jammed or retained by the machine people should report this immediately to their bank or building society, ideally using their mobile phone while still in front of the machine.

People should also never reveal their PIN to anyone, even if they claim to be from their bank or the police and especially not to a ‘helpful’ stranger and should beware of strangers trying to distract them or offering to help at an ATM, even if a card is stuck or they are experiencing difficulty with the transaction.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious at the ATM today should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555111.