Police warn public over ATM tampering

Police are warning the public to be vigilant when using ATM machines after a 'skimming' device was fitted to a machine in Dunbartonshire.

Police are warning the public to be vigilant when using ATM machines after a 'skimming' device was fitted to a machine in Dunbartonshire.

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Police are advising members of the public to be vigilant when using ATM machines after a skimming device was used on a machine in Dunbartonshire.

A man was seen at the ATM outside the Co-op in Argyll Street in Alexandria at around 7.30am on Tuesday, July 21, apparently tampering with the machine.

A short time later a man came to use the cash machine, but the ATM retained his card and informed him the machine was offline; the man tried to get his card back but without success, and left the area.

At around 7.50am, the same man who had been seen at the ATM 20 minutes previously returned to the machine and removed a device and the man’s card. The card was subsequently used to purchase goods.

The suspect is described as white with short dark hair; he was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.

Officers have advised the public to be vigilant in and around ATMs; if you think the machine you are about to use may have been tampered with, or if you see any suspicious activity, contact police.